Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

In 16th season, Ruff canned by Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lindy Ruff is out as coach in Buffalo, meaning the slow-starting, inconsistent and sometimes lethargic Sabres are now Ron Rolston's mess.

Rolston was promoted from the Sabres' AHL affiliate in Rochester to finish the season as interim coach Wednesday, hours after Ruff, in his 16th season and the league's longest-tenured coach, was fired amid growing criticism for the team's struggles.

The Sabres are 4-10-1 after a 2-1 home loss to the Jets on Tuesday, a game in which they were booed several times for their turnover-filled, inconsistent effort.

"I think the last game was quite honestly a tipping point," general manger Darcy Regier said. "And it was evident to me that we were searching for answers to too many questions."

Among North America's four major pro sports, Ruff's tenure was second to Gregg Popovich, coach of the NBA's Spurs since 1996, a year before Ruff was hired.

Sabres management had spent much of the past week voicing support of Ruff. Regier said the decision to fire Ruff was his.

game highlights: Jakub Voracek completed a hat trick with 31 seconds left to give the Flyers a 6-5 win over the host Penguins.

around the league: Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was suspended for one game for a forearm to the head of Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa on Tuesday. … Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, the 2011 rookie of the year, has a concussion, the team said. … The Ducks signed goalie Viktor Fasth, 8-0-0 in his first NHL season, to a two-year, $5.8 million contract extension.

Flyers 2 1 3 6
at Penguins 2 0 3 5

First1, Pitts, Niskanen 2 (Letang), 5:07. 2, Pitts, Malkin 4 (Martin, Neal), 7:15 (pp). 3, Phi, Grossmann 1 (Knuble, Couturier), 11:49. 4, Phi, Simmonds 5 (Briere), 12:49. PenaltiesZolnierczyk, Phi (boarding), 5:20; Voracek, Phi (unsprtsmn conduct), 13:15; Cooke, Pit (unsprtsmn conduct), 13:15; Engelland, Pit (roughng), 13:15; Simmonds, Phi, major (fight), 13:28; B.Schenn, Phi (cross-check), 13:28; Glass, Pit, major (fight), 13:28; Rinaldo, Phi (slash), 17:20; Letang, Pit (slash), 17:20.

Second5, Phi, Voracek 4 (Simmonds, B.Schenn), 19:50 (pp). PenaltiesCouturier, Phi (cross-check), 4:45; Neal, Pit (interfere), 10:24; Adams, Pit (elbow), 18:28.

Third6, Phi, Voracek 5 (Coburn, Giroux), :18. 7, Pitts, Kennedy 2 (Martin, Orpik), 5:29. 8, Phi, Simmonds 6 (Talbot, Gervais), 7:36. 9, Pitts, Neal 12 (Malkin, Crosby), 12:46 (pp). 10, Pitts, Sutter 4 (Martin, Cooke), 17:57. 11, Phi, Voracek 6 (Giroux), 18:29. PenaltiesCouturier, Phi (slash), 1:14; Malkin, Pit, double minor (roughing), 1:14; Glass, Pit, double minor (high-stick), 7:56; Knuble, Phi, double minor (high-stick), 11:36; Fedotenko, Phi (high-stick), 12:17; Talbot, Phi (close hand on puck), 13:52. ShotsPhi 15-9-8—32. Pitts 13-9-10—32. PP oppsPhi 1 of 6; Pitts 2 of 7. GoaliesPhi, Bryzgalov 8-7-1 (32 shots-27 saves). Pitts, Vokoun 3-3-0 (32-26).

In 16th season, Ruff canned by Sabres 02/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits

    Colleges

    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  3. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.
  4. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. preserves shutout with perfect throw

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.

    "That …

    Colby Rasmus collects high fives and shoulder rubs after driving in all four of the Rays’ runs in their victory Thursday. Rasmus had two run-scoring hits a day after hitting a home run.
  5. Rays at Twins, 8:10 p.m. Friday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Twins

    8:10, Target Field, Minnesota

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-3, 3.76)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)