The Buffalo Sabres played the Anaheim Ducks twice this year, in the NHL’s attempt at balancing out the schedule. Its too bad they don’t meet again.
Both meetings between the teams ended in a 3-2 Sabres loss, but the affairs were physical old time hockey games. The last meeting however, soured some blood, and has caused some heated comments by the coaches.
The incident being reffered to is the third period hit by Paul Gaustad of the Sabres on Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the hit was dirty, and Gausted deserved to be suspended.
The Sabres having someone dirty on their team is a rare discussion, given that leading up to the game against Anaheim the Sabres were trying to shed the “soft” image being portrayed after watching Ryan Miller go down after a questionable incident with the Rangers Scott Gomez.
Lindy likes the “dirty” attention, hoping it will back teams off a little. Guastad claims the hit was incidental, but accidental or not, it sends a message to other teams, we can hit, and we will hit.