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Fly on the Wall - Dec. 20, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Here’s what the Sabres had to say before stampeding out of the Bell Centre with a 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday night. 

Whose call is it anyway?

After the Canadiens’ second goal of the night – an Alex Tanguay deflection – Sabres goalie Ryan Miller seemed to think Georges Laraque was a little too close for comfort.  Though he tried to plead his case at the time, he was clearly barking up the wrong tree.

“Obviously [Laraque] made contact with me. I was facing the left point instead of the right point.  They got their call and we didn’t. I asked the ref for an explanation and he said it wasn’t his call.” 

Miller’s take on the Sabres’ spirit of giving

“We pretty much handed it right back to them with five minutes left. You just have to lock it down in that situation.  It’s frustrating to hand them back a goal and give them life in their building, especially because we took so many penalties tonight.”

Coach Lindy Ruff wants to be shown a lot of things

“I didn’t like the [goaltender interference] call and I thought there should have been one against them too.  You’re also going to have to show me where Jochen [Hecht] was holding somebody.  Somebody’s going to have to show me what Toni [Lydman] did to make it 5-on-3. For the most part our discipline was pretty good. I couldn’t find anything there.”

Peters squares off with Big Georges, gets a souvenir

One of the few opponents to accept an offer to dance from Georges Laraque this season, Andrew Peters was suitably impressed with what he saw through his now-black eye. 

“Was it planned before hand? No.  But it’s expected, I guess, and you just have to prepare for it.  It played differently in my head before the game than it did on the ice,” smiled the 6-foot-4, 247 pound enforcer.  “He’s one of the best at what he does; he’s a big, strong guy and he’s tough to beat.  I’ll tell you one thing, though. He’s an absolute gentleman when it comes to respect.  He had an opportunity to hit me when I was vulnerable and he opted not to out of respect.”

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