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Lindy Ruff on Chara’s penalty: “It’s stupid to do.”

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Thanks to Craig Custance of Sporting News, we’re getting a better feel for just what happened at the end of the Sabres and Bruins game and exactly what led the NHL to decide to rescind the instigator penalty handed out to Zdeno Chara. Since Chara’s outrage was sparked by a slash on the back of his leg, more retaliation that pure instigation, the NHL has chosen that a suspension is not warranted.

Of course, with Chara blindly swinging punches at Sabres players in the final seconds of the game, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff says the penalties are expected.

“It’s stupid to do,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think you do something like that, you risk -- and it’s a serious risk -- an instigator. When you come in and start throwing punches, they got to take a hard look.”

It took three Sabres players to take down the Boston giant, who had taken his normal nasty approach to new levels with some personal rage flowing through his veins. I picture a mixture of Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride and a snarling, mid-80’s Arnold.