Angered by Chris Neil's elbow to Sabres forward Chris Drury, Ruff sent out tough guys Andrew Peters, Patrick Kaleta and Adam Mair to take a faceoff against Ottawa's Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Mike Comrie. Afterward, Ruff admitted telling his players, "Go out and run 'em."
Drury sustained a suspected concussion and 20-stitch gash to his forehead when he crashed to the ice after being blindsided by Neil in the second period.
Neil was not penalized for the hit and insisted he caught Drury with a clean shoulder check. Ruff complained to the referees that Neil used his elbow.