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BYB: BERGERON, SPACEK AND CAMPBELL

Tuesday, 10.30.2007 / 3:00 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
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BYB: BERGERON, SPACEK AND CAMPBELL
10.30.07, 3:00 p.m. ::::

With the Sabres impending trip to Boston this Thursday, head coach Lindy Ruff talked briefly about  Randy Jones' hit on the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron last Saturday.

Jones received a two-game suspension for driving the six-foot, 197-pound pivot head-first into the end boards in a ghastly looking altercation.  According to TSN, Bergeron suffered a broken nose and a concussion.





Here are Ruff's thoughts:

"I didn't think it was in the category of overly aggressive.  The point I tried to make this morning was probably that the defenseman has to wait until Bergeron is tighter to the wall before he makes that initial push.

"It wasn't that it wasn't one of those [hits] where he came running from a long distance away to hit somebody.  It was just that Bergeron was defenseless at the time.  Forwards, in today's game, put themselves in that position to protect the puck, and I think to play it as a defenseman, you almost have to wait until the forward removes that gap between himself and the wall before you use any physical force. 

"Otherwise, you put yourself in a situation where you could harm the opposing player."

Personally, I agree with Lindy.  I don't put Jones in the same category as Jesse Boulerice or Steve Downie (ironically, two other Flyers).  There didn't appear to be intent on Jones' hit. 

Irresponsibility, maybe. 

But no intent to harm.

If you're looking for more information on the this, John Bishop (my counterpart in Boston) wrote a nice article on the Bruins attempting to turn their focus to Thursday night.  Read that story here.

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Jaroslav Spacek wants to play Thursday night.  Spacek stated on Tuesday that he'll be ready to go and wants the chance to get back in the lineup.  With Mike Weber's reassignment on Sunday, I'm putting my money on him getting his wish.  Watch Spacek's interview on Sabres TV.

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Good article on defenseman Brian Campbell by Dan Rosen of NHL.com.  Here's a quick snippet. 

Rosen writes...

"He didn’t think he was big enough, strong enough, or good enough to play major junior hockey.

“What saved us is his mom and dad saying; ‘Try it out, and if you don’t like it you can always come home,’ ” longtime 67s coach Brian Kilrea said.

Campbell never did go home, and 12 years later, the decision to give it the old college try may be his best ever as he’s now an All-Star defenseman with the Buffalo Sabres."


You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here.

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