PHILADELPHIA -- While Flyers coach Peter Laviolette acts like talking to the media is akin to going to a dentist, Lindy Ruff was downright jovial at times while meeting with reporters following today's pregame skates.
Ruff's best line easily came when he was asked if he appreciated the context of the Sabres-Flyers rivalry, which will be rekindled in the playoffs for the ninth time starting tonight.
Cracked Ruff to howls from reporters: "I miss Hitch."
That, of course, is a reference to former Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, who famously told us to pass on a message to Ruff about what he could do following a 2006 playoff game in Buffalo.
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For his part, Ruff recalled how he got drenched near the end of the Flyers' Game Five clincher here in 2000. Not a happy moment at the time but pretty funny now.
"I think it was beer. Thank God I got drilled with something good," said a grinning Ruff. "The fans here are as great as our fans. It's what great about the series, great about this time of year. It's fun and there's going to be something to talk about when this series ends. You've got passionate fans on their hand, passionate fans on our end. It should be one helluva series."
Click below for the complete audio of Ruff's chat with us today, including thoughts on Daniel Briere and Ryan Miller.