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Lindy Ruff: A Look Back


I’m going to do this entry because I don’t want to be one of those people that rubs it in everyone’s face when they wrote something that came to fruition, and conveniently forgets when they wrote something that grew increasingly off-base.

A few weeks ago, I wrote two articles about Lindy Ruff and the apathy of the Sabres.  As the Sabres pile up wins in response to their atrocious start to the season I look ever more (dare I say it) wrong.  Now I don’t want to overreact to a series of good games in the way that I might want to overreact to a series of bad games, but let’s look at what’s occurred the past two nights.

The Sabres made a very good Washington Capitals look like absolute dog crap.  Ovechkin had one shot in the entire game.  The talent-heavy Capitals didn’t even break thirty shots and Carlson and Holtby are still searching for their jockstraps.  (The HSBC rafters are a good place to start, but Thomas Vanek probably already added them to his personal collection.)

Fast forward to tonight’s game.  Do you know what the Canucks looked like for large stretches?  They looked like we did to start the season.  Their passing was terrible, they couldn’t get the puck out of their own zone, and they let Thomas Vanek skate all over them like the Running of the Bulls on ice at a little person convention.  The Sedins put up a ton of points, but for some reason I never felt like they were all that dangerous.  And finally, the extremely talented Canucks power play looked like the Sabres with blindfolds on when it mattered most.

It’s still early, but maybe…just maybe Ruff’s career in Buffalo isn’t petering out.  Maybe the team isn’t under-talented and coming off a season in which it over achieved.  Maybe the start to this year’s season is merely last season’s pre-olympics rough patch happening at a different time and Lindy was right.  “We’re going to get through this.  We’re a playoff team.”

What do I hope Lindy’s future looks like?  Who cares?  As Herb Brooks said, “The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back.”  (Or the one behind the bench, or in the ownership box.)  But right now that future is looking a whole lot better.

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  1. Don permalink
    11/16/10 1:12 AM

    Let me be the first to admit that I was sure Lindy’s time in Buffalo was up. Pass the hot sauce and ketchup; it might go good with that order of crow. Facts are facts; this team hit the bottom of the shitter and things couldn’t look any bleaker. I’m not even going to pretend to know what it took for this team to develop its swagger. But don’t look now, that big guy, bellying up to the bar? Yep, that looks pretty much like the Buffalo Sabres.

    Sure, Miller had hip/knee issues, there were major confidence issues, Tim Connolly was, well, Connolly and we were missing Pominville big time. Whatever it was that turned things around, I’m not going to question it. I’ll accept it just as every other fan should. In the last two games, we’ve shut down two of the NHL’s top teams. We’ve done what very few others have been able to do in allowing Novechkin to register one shot on net. Thomas Vanek has been on fire as of late with his style of play and that is one thing which I have NEVER doubted. All it takes is one for him to get that confidence back. Look at last season!? He returns at the end of the year and has 4 goals in 2 games. 3 against Ottawa alone!? This is retarded to think considering their record against Buffalo.

    The winds are changing in the 716. And hopefully they continue to move in the Sabres favor!

    I’ll have another helping of that crow, now…

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