Counterpunches

The first in an occasional series, in which Flyers Faithful scans the papers of the opposition to see how they’re portraying events.

We make no assurance of journalistic integrity here.

On Thursday, with the Flyers and Sabres deadlocked at two games apiece, we have our first instance of Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff going to the papers and complaining about what the other team is complaining about.

Ruff generally slips into this mode any time he senses his team is about to lose the actual edge on the ice, which, in his 14 year tenure, has been about a zillion times.

It’s a familiar trope. “We’re the little ol’ Sabres buried up here in upstate New York, we don’t get no respect, we don’t get no calls because the big bad (insert major market team here)s are protected by the NHL blah blah blah…”

Today’s edition: Whining/Officiating. From the Buffalo News.

“I just feel that there’s a lot of whining,” the Sabres’ coach said in HSBC Arena. “They’re really doing a lot of whining. I didn’t hear any whining when they had 10 power plays in Philly, and I didn’t hear them whining when the power plays in the first game were lopsided. But all of sudden there’s all this whining about we’re getting away with murder. That’s a bunch of crap. That’s for the media. That’s for the officials to read. That’s for, ‘Here, let’s get the next call.’ It’s a bunch of crap. Let’s just play.”

OK…so then…whining about the Flyers’ whining isn’t for the media?  (unofficial count of “whining” now at eight)

I also don’t recall Peter Laviolette whining (9) that the Sabres had exactly one less power play on Saturday than the Flyers.

Then again, it’s tough to evaluate logic from a guy who:

A) Nearly blinded Brian Propp late in the 1985-86 season with a blatant high stick (which ruined his best shot to have a 100-point season).

B) Publicly called-out the foibles of the NHL rulebook and officiating at a Losers Parade (Brett Hull, 1999), and still holds a grudge because of John LeClair’s shot that went through the side of the net (2000).

C) Did the same thing all throughout the 2006 and 2007 playoffs to get his vastly more stacked and skilled teams the advantage throughout the Carolina, Ottawa and New York Rangers series those years.

Is Lindy all out of actual motivational techniques? Maybe so, because his goaltender has been personally responsible for Buffalo’s two wins thus far, and maybe he’s whistling past the graveyard because a non-defending Vezina Trophy winner at the other crease is in danger of outdueling his dear old Captain America.

We of the faifthul know what’s up. There is a conspiracy, as old as the Expansion Era itself.

The Flyers worked long and hard to break free of the prejudices towards Boston, Montreal and Toronto in the 1970s, and now that they have become an established franchise, the NHL still won’t let us have peace because there are old men locked away in a smoke-filled room whose lingering senile memories of the Broad Street Bullies are clearer than what they had for lunch.

Take a number Lindy, the Flyers have a more legitimate beef. They’ve been kept away from the Stanley Cup for 36 years. Your team has only been denied for just over a decade.

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  • nosetradamus

    satire is lost on the masses. sigh.

    • http://xx89.us XX89

      LOL what is satire?

      • http://xx89.us XX89

        I apologize. I spend too much time at memebase.

  • http://www.twitter.com/klejdys Chris

    Flyers fans are the best. Seriously you guys are great.

    A couple misconceptions I’d like to clear up:

    1.) Ruff will be the coach in Buffalo as long as he wants to be. Beloved by the fans and by the owner, he can name his price. He’s already stated that he’ll be signing a long term deal after this season.

    2.) Lavalamp has worked the officials to death in game 4. Ruff took the opportunity to do it outside of the game. I have no issue either way, as it is each coach’s job to give his team the best chance to win.

    3.) Taking a five minute elbowing penalty in a playoff game is not, uh, smart.

    4.) Using your stick, Kimo, to hit another player in the boys…also not smart.

    5.) Ruff was correct on both counts in the ’99 and ’00 playoffs. The 2000 Flyers were a better team than the ’00 Sabres and it showed. But the goal still went through the side of the net.

    6.) A counter to the “Miller stole both close games” theory is that when the Sabres play their best shutdown defensive game and keep the Flyers “out by the yellow”, they can’t score. Not saying it can be done for two more games, but we were successful at it twice.

    7.) Brian Boucher has played quite well so far. He might continue playing quite well. But he is overachieving and all Flyers fans know this. He is due for a regression. The thing with “All American boy” Miller is…we know he continue playing at a high level for a long time. While this season was closer to his career averages, 09-10 showed his stellar play can cover 75+ games.

    Good luck in game 5.

    • AnotherNewbie

      Can Ruff still coach when they uncover the blatant case of officiating dictating the outcome of the game? I mean, one wonders where it will all end? And if the NHL doesn’t start an inquiry into it, well then who is protected, up in scary lake effect land?

      And I don’t think you know Boucher well enough to say it’s an over achievement to have a year of goal tending capable of taking a team to the Stanley Cup. Just sayin’, it’s been done before.

      And, uh, when I read that article it kinda stated it had no integrity to be unbiased…your attempt to level the field then calling the Flyers head coach “Lavalamp” screams hypocrite at me.

    • nosetradamus

      Well said, opposing fan who looks like a gear with a monocle!

      • http://www.twitter.com/klejdys Chris

        A shame Boucher picked tonight to regress. I thought the Flyers did a fine job coming back and using the crowd’s energy to draw even, but by then they might’ve been out of gas.

        Game 6 should be a hoot.

  • http://www.twitter.com/klejdys Chris

    Flyers fans are the best. Seriously you guys are great.

    A couple misconceptions I’d like to clear up:

    1.) Ruff will be the coach in Buffalo as long as he wants to be. Beloved by the fans and by the owner, he can name his price. He’s already stated that he’ll be signing a long term deal after this season.

    2.) Lavalamp has worked the officials to death in game 4. Ruff took the opportunity to do it outside of the game. I have no issue either way, as it is each coach’s job to give his team the best chance to win.

    3.) Taking a five minute elbowing penalty in a playoff game is not, uh, smart.

    4.) Using your stick, Kimo, to hit another player in the boys…also not smart.

    5.) Ruff was correct on both counts in the ’99 and ’00 playoffs. The 2000 Flyers were a better team than the ’00 Sabres and it showed. But the goal still went through the side of the net.

    6.) A counter to the “Miller stole both close games” theory is that when the Sabres play their best shutdown defensive game and keep the Flyers “out by the yellow”, they can’t score. Not saying it can be done for two more games, but we were successful at it twice.

    7.) Brian Boucher has played quite well so far. He might continue playing quite well. But he is overachieving and all Flyers fans know this. He is due for a regression. The thing with “All American boy” Miller is…we know he continue playing at a high level for a long time. While this season was closer to his career averages, 09-10 showed his stellar play can cover 75+ games.

    Good luck in game 5.

    • AnotherNewbie

      Can Ruff still coach when they uncover the blatant case of officiating dictating the outcome of the game? I mean, one wonders where it will all end? And if the NHL doesn’t start an inquiry into it, well then who is protected, up in scary lake effect land?

      And I don’t think you know Boucher well enough to say it’s an over achievement to have a year of goal tending capable of taking a team to the Stanley Cup. Just sayin’, it’s been done before.

      And, uh, when I read that article it kinda stated it had no integrity to be unbiased…your attempt to level the field then calling the Flyers head coach “Lavalamp” screams hypocrite at me.

    • nosetradamus

      Well said, opposing fan who looks like a gear with a monocle!

      • http://www.twitter.com/klejdys Chris

        A shame Boucher picked tonight to regress. I thought the Flyers did a fine job coming back and using the crowd’s energy to draw even, but by then they might’ve been out of gas.

        Game 6 should be a hoot.

  • nosetradamus

    satire is lost on the masses. sigh.

  • http://xx89.us XX89

    LOL what is satire?

  • http://xx89.us XX89

    I apologize. I spend too much time at memebase.