The Bruins, particularly forward Brad Marchand, were unhappy and felt disrespected when Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff called a timeout with 14 seconds to play in Thursday game while leading 7-4.
“He wants to be a big shot, and it was not the best play to do, but pretty disrespectful,” Marchand said. “So if he wants to be like that, that’s fine and we just have to move on.”
Ruff, however, said the decision to call a timeout was because the Bruins had goon Lane MacDermid on the ice. Ruff called a timeout so he could put his own tough guy John Scott, who pummeled Shawn Thornton and injured him in a first period fight on the ice.
Not a huge Lindy Ruff fan at all, but his concern is legit as the Bruins are known to be a rough gang, a rough gang that repeatedly beat up his Sabres in the past. Buffalo went out and got some tough players to counter that and if Ruff sensed some funny business was about to go down he was right to call a timeout to get his toughest player on the ice.
It turns out Patriots All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski did not feel comfortable after returning from a broken forearm in week 17. He would re-injure that forearm in the Patriots win over Houston in the Divisional Round and did not suit up for the AFC Championship game against Baltimore.
“I really wasn’t that confident, obviously, going in because obviously I was using one hand, as you could see,” Gronkowski said on WEEI Thursday. “I was just getting used to it and getting into the flow of the game again. It was good to get the speed (of the game) down, and all that, and be prepared going into the playoffs.”
While it’s now clear that Gronk wasn’t ready to play, the Patriots needed him on the field in the playoffs, even if it was as a decoy. Unfortunately he re-injured his forearm but the Patriots best chance of winning was with Gronkowski starting at tight end.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru