While a few of his players skated in Amherst, N.Y., and most of his team was off, just like the Bruins, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff spoke to the media in Buffalo.

Here’s his reaction to the NHL’s decision to rescind Zdeno Chara’s automatic suspension, as posted on the Sabres Edge blog.

“I said last night you run the risk of being suspended,” Ruff said. “The league’s interpretation is what it is. I was arguing for the instigator. That’s why I stayed on the bench. I had [Craig Rivet] go over and say, ‘That’s an instigator.’

“It really doesn’t matter what I think. It really doesn’t. I don’t think that little slash [from Paul Gaustad] hurt him though. An instigator is an instigator. The referees deemed he was the instigator. I can find lots of little slashes in the game if you want me to find that.”

Ruff also informed the media that Thomas Vanek was among those who were skating today. He’s trying to make his way back to the lineup for the first time since he suffered a left leg injury in Game 2 a week ago.