Marchand: Ruff's late timeout 'disrespectful'

BOSTON -- With his team up 7-4 with 14 seconds left and the Bruins and their fans likely just looking to end things as quickly as possible, Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff called a timeout. Ruff indicated to the media after the game that he felt the Bruins were looking to possibly inflict some physical revenge for the score, which explains why Sabres enforcer John Scott was put out on the ice after the timeout.

"Well, when [Lane] MacDermid was with one of our skill players, I didn't want anything to happen, and that's really all it was about," Ruff said.

But Julien denied that was the reason MacDermid -- who had 73 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Providence Bruins this season -- was on the ice in the waning seconds.

"I don't know why [Ruff called timeout], there was no -- I really don't know," Julien said. "But he's entitled to it, so I just played along with it. He might've thought that something was going to happen, which wasn't, but that's probably for him to answer. I don't know."

Bruins winger Brad Marchand wasn't as reserved with his thoughts on Ruff's decision.

"He wants to be a big shot, and it was not the best play to do, but pretty disrespectful," Marchand said. "So if he wants to be like that, that's fine and we just have to move on."