BUFFALO -- Before his team can get revenge on the ice, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff wants the National Hockey League to deliver big measure of revenge off of it.
Incensed at a play in the second period of the Flyers' 5-4 overtime win over his team here Sunday afternoon, Ruff is demanding the league suspend Philadelphia captain Mike Richards for the deciding Game 7 Tuesday night.
Richards was given a two-minute boarding penalty for the play that slammed Sabres forward Tim Connolly head first into the end boards. After laying on the ice for close to two minutes, Connolly slowly skated to the Sabres dressing room and didn't return.
"He's not doing very good," Ruff said, confirming the centre will not play in Philly.
"I've watched it. I think it's something the league definitely has to take a look at. It's a lack of respect for another player on the ice. It's from behind. It's head-first into the boards.
"We've lost a good player. If the league looks at it the way I looked at it on video, then they will lose a good player too."
Ruff declined comment when asked whether Connolly had suffered a concussion saying only that he won't return.
Richards has been at the centre of controversy throughout the series. In Game 4 he received a five-minute major for an elbow to the head of Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta. After that game, Richards said he was just defending himself and that the Sabres were getting away with murder.
That prompted an animated response from Sabres goalie Ryan Miller on Sunday. Never shy to air his opinion, Miller interrupted his own post-game scrum to lambaste the Richards hit.
"If Mike Richards thinks we are getting away with murder, what did he just get away with, mass murder?" Miller asked. "We lost a player for the rest of the game. Thats the kind of hit the league has been calling dangerous.
"They better seriously look at that one. Its unbelievable."
With the Sabres shorthanded now, Ruff said injured forward Derek Roy will be rushed back into the lineup after not playing in more than four months.
"Well get him ready tomorrow," Ruff said.