Miller cries about Recchi’s awesome screen; follows in Ruff’s teary footsteps


Bitching and moaning are classic pastimes for Buffalo. Lindy Ruff knows all about crying.

LindryRuffCryAwesome photoshop by (site’s being renovated)

He wasn’t a big fan of the Savard high-stick call in OT.

Yea, we all know Marc Savard is “a little faker” and he might’ve embellished the stick to the face a little bit — and only a little bit, but you get a stick up by the eyes and see how you react — but a stick to the face is still high sticking and blood was drawn. That’s an automatic extra two minutes, whether you like the rule or not.

Ruff coaches in the NHL, not the WWE. Athletes aren’t skating around passing razor blades or blood caplets between each other. 

Plus, that high stick was definitely a lot more legit than that soft Seguin high-stick call.

Get over it, Ruff.

And now it seems his bitching has carried over to his players.

“I thought the ref could have given me the benefit of the doubt of Recchi being in the crease and obstructing my angle,” (Ryan) Miller said. “I had to change my lane and I was still in the crease.”

Boo-hoo. Cry us a river, Mr. Silver Medal.

We bet your poetry isn’t as good as Luongo’s either.

After the jump… we look at Recchi’s goal…


Here’s Rex’s goal from last night, in case you need a refresher.

Clearly a goal; ref’s wanted to be 100% they weren’t screwing the Sabres over (lest they get an ear full about it from Ruff post-game), so they waived it off knowing they could review it once play ended. Sabres are lucky they got that much.

Someone should tell Ruff and Miller that this is 2010, players can hang in the crease:

In other words, goals scored while attacking players are standing in the crease may, in appropriate circumstances be allowed. Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease.

The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. — (Rule 69 – Interference on the Goalkeeper)

Did Rex prohibit Miller from moving in his crease to make a save? Let’s look at the play frame-by-frame.

Mark Recchi goal in Ryan Miller 1Rex is at the far post. Miller is protecting near post from possible shot.

Mark Recchi Ryan Miller
Rex moves into the crease. Miller is still protecting near post, barely moved; only glove has moved up.

Recchi Miller goal Bruins 12/7/10
Rex is at the top of the crease. Miller is finally shifting over.

Recchi positions himself for the shot. Miller is still just watching. Hasn’t attempted to get to top of crease.

Mark Recchi Ryan Miller
Siedenberg about to let the shot fly. Rex is square to shot, screening Miller.
Miller has moved up only slightly, crouching to get a view.

Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres December 7, 2010
Shot is on it’s way (not sure where). Recchi has turned to tip the puck.
Miller has moved to where Rex has vacated, falling into the butterfly position.

12/7/10 Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres
Recchi tips the puck. Miller is on top of the crease now, in butterfly position. Rex isn’t even screening Miller now.

Mark Recchi goal 12/7/10
Moment after last frame. Tip has occurred.

Mark Rechhi OT goal vs Sabres

Did Recchi interfere with Miller?  Of course not. He did a great job of getting to the top of the crease and screening Miller. Not once did Recchi prevent Miller from moving in his crease, or prevent him from moving to make a save.

If Miller didn’t like Rex in his crease, he should’ve pushed him out of the way or barrel into him to make a save.

That’s how Tim Thomas rolls.

Tim Thomas punches Kaleta

That’s why Thomas wins game.

William Riker: Deal with It

Go Bruins.


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