Are Sabres "getting away with murder" vs Flyers?

Sabres player Patrick Kaleta appears to unlock the door to the bench so Nik Zherdev could be pushed through and taken out of the play. youtube.com

(CBS/AP) Chippy play. Verbal jabs. 5-minute majors.

It must be playoff hockey, Philly-Buffalo style.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said he's tired of the Flyers "doing a lot of whining" following their 1-0 loss to Buffalo in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.

Meanwhile, Flyers captain Mike Richards says the Sabres were allowed "to get away with murder" on the ice.

If not murder, the Sabres may have gotten away with at least one dirty trick.

Check out the video above, in which Sabres agitator Patrick Kaleta appears to unlock the gate to the bench - creating a trap door for Nik Zherdev to fall through.

Meanwhile, Richards was issued a controversial 5-minute major for elbowing in the final seconds of the second period when he felled Kaleta in the face while bracing to be hit in front of the Buffalo bench.

Buffalo failed to take advantage, managing just two shots during the power play. Richards eagerly jumped up and down in the box as his penalty was expiring.

Philly's Danny Briere showed his frustration behind the play in the second period, when he pulled the stick out of defenseman Mike Weber's hands and tossed it into the Sabres net.

The game ended with a shoving match. As both teams left the ice, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette slammed the bench door before heading to the locker room.

Ruff says if the Flyers want to cry and complain about the officiating in this series, go ahead.

Game 5 is Friday in Philadelphia. Expect more of the same.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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