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Blackhawks praise work of enforcer Scott

Dec 22, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

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John Scott is a 6-foot-8, 270 defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks. He has one goal in 128 NHL contest and over 200 penalty minutes. This year, he’s averaged around eight minutes of ice time per game.

Yet according to two of Chicago’s key figures — head coach Joel Quenneville and captain Jonathan Toews — Scott is a vital component to the Blackhawks’ success.

He’s their policeman.

“There’s been fighting in hockey for a long time,” Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Guys aren’t going to do stupid things like that if they’re going to have to answer the bell.”

“Stupid things like that” is in reference to the hit Pittsburgh’s Deryk Engelland laid on Toews teammate, Marcus Kruger. Kruger suffered a concussion on the play, yet Engelland wasn’t penalized.

And that’s when Scott intervened:

From a game standpoint, Scott’s actions were costly. He racked up 17 PIM (two for instigating, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct) and Pittsburgh scored on the ensuing power play.

But Scott’s coach didn’t have a problem with it.

“[Scott] did what he had to do,” Quenneville said. “The guy was willing at the same time, but [Scott] traveled some distance. Sticking up for your teammate is what it’s all about. It was a hit at the end of the night you might look back at as we were short-handed when we could have had a power play.

“But at the same time, Johnny did exactly what you want him to do.”

Toews agreed with his coach, taking the rhetoric a step further.

“Every guy in that locker room stood up for what John did,” he said. “We all approved [of] it. We moved on after that. People want to look at the penalty that we didn’t kill.

“That’s a team penalty that we’ll take any time. He’s standing up for his teammate.”

  1. heyzeus143 - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    engelland fears no one

    • hawkyman - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Maybe he should. Not only John Scott but Brendan Shanahan. Enjoy your time off head hunter!

    • farrellsx6 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:19 PM

      Engelland got his. I find it ironic that a team with a big puss like Crosby would be targeting a players head that way. Fact is that retard should have gotten a penalty for an illegal hit. But that aside after reading all these “hockey fans” posts (obviously not hockey players or you’d know that you always stick up for a teammate) none of them seem to remember which team is first in all of the NHL and has been in the top five since the beginning of the season. Chicago. Pittsburgh is what ninth? Hmm maybe the could learn a thing or two about team work, lol.

      And to you other “fans” maybe you could learn about be a part of a team. Goon or not that is how the game is played. Why don’t you ‘tards go back to watching football and basketball, leave hockey to the men.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        @ Farrell …. HAHAHAHA!!!! I’m not a Hawks fan, infact I can’t stand them as I am still a diehard North Stars fan, now Wild fan but your posts are hilarious! Can’t stand Pens fans either, they have come out of no where now that they have a team. I remember pre Crosby and post Lemieux, pens fans didn’t excited. That state has the biggest homers for fans, PERIOD!

  2. 2qswing - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    “John Scott is a 6-foot-8, 270 defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks. He has one goal in 128 NHL contest and over 200 penalty minutes. This year, he’s averaged around eight minutes of ice time per game:”
    Definition of 70’s era GOON. Engeland will get his. All the GOON did was cost the game.

    • monarch897 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      Uh Engelland did get his right then and there. Thats how it works.

    • farrellsx6 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      And yet Scott is still a professional hockey player at the highest level and you’re what? Just sit back on your fat butt in your recliner and shut your pie hole. No one cares about you or your opinions.

  3. jpelle82 - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    pens scored on the powerplay that scott gave them. yeah and the penguins won by one goal. good job…you really helped your teammates out. glad you proved a point there…even though it cost you more valuable points where it counts….in the standings. this doesnt make anyone fear chicago any more or less…just makes me as a hockey fan chuckle when i read these guy’s comments. you’ve already made it into the toughest league of any sport in the world, why you still think you have to play your man card to the media and justify such stupidity by a team mate is beyond me. its not like your last name is sedin. “thats a team penalty”. sure was. cost your team the game.

    • farrellsx6 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      As of this week…um, wherenIS Chicago in the standings??? Oh yeah first. What an idiot you are, lol!

  4. elvispocomo - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    “If a 6-foot-8 guy who can’t skate asks to fight, you say no, then skate around him and score a goal.”
    -Kevin Bieksa on John Scott.

    I guess you could do it on the PP then too. Scott’s a one-trick pony who doesn’t provide much usefulness otherwise.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Bieksa’s a gold mine for quotes, I wish he’d use Twitter to that effect more often, but here’s another one:

      “I was told when I was a rookie and a guy who wasn’t playing much to not bother the regulars,” said Bieksa. “That’s the advice he should take: Don’t bother the regulars.”
      -Bieksa on John Scott.

    • farrellsx6 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:29 PM

      Who cares what any of the Canucks think? Their opinions are officially void on the subject until they win a Stanley Cup final…God it must really sting to get so close and lose…

  5. obsolete777 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    The Blackhawks don’t need the two points (they will win the West). They do need to prevent dirty teams like the Penguins from hurting their players.
    Engelland got off light with a bloody face and a suspension- next dance with Scott might not be so quick (ask Kevin Westgarth).
    Scott is developing into more than a goon- he had a great defensive takeaway in this game, and a week ago he had an assist and was the second star of the game.
    The Penguins are a cheap-shot team, led by their cheap-shot captain. As each new Penguin goes on IR, I enjoy laughing at their karma coming back to them.

  6. davebabychreturns - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    So, help me out here.

    I am pretty sure the whole league knows who John Scott is, what his deal is. He’s an enforcer and he picks fights with guys who take liberties with his teammates. Presumably he wins most of those fights, so a player who takes a run at a Blackhawk can expect to have Scott come after them; in theory this should dissuade them.

    So why exactly did Deryk Engelland run Kruger over with John Scott on the ice?

    It’s almost like for all the rhetoric about enforcers, the instigator rule and so on that having a goon on your team is no real deterrent to most opponents.

    It seems to me that either the type of guy that takes a run at Scott’s teammates is not the type of player willing to fight John Scott (and why would you) or is not afraid of fighting John Scott and thus won’t change their behaviour on the ice. Out of the in-your-face types throughout the league, that is probably the vast majority of them.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:20 AM

      Basically, the theory about enforcers dissuading opponents from running their guys is wrong. But you already knew that.

      Hell, I figure it this way – Marc Savard got blown up by Matt Cooke completely in spite of the fact that Zdeno Chara, at the time more or less the most feared fighter in the League, was on the Bruins roster. Torres laid out Duncan Keith near season’s end last year. Mighty Scott didn’t scare him in the least. Et cetera. The idea that big, scary, punchy guys will “deter” anyone is laughable. Every team has someone who just doesn’t give a flying fuck. Most teams have an enforcer, but this year, just about every team has seen multiple players lost to dirty hits. Where’s the “fear,” then? Nonexistent, at least to the people who are throwing the hits in the first place. They don’t CARE that you’ve got someone big and scary to wave about. So having these guys isn’t really protecting anyone. All these people actually do is make their teams feel a little better about seeing their guys on the ice by fighting opposing players. And judging by the postgame media storms coaches raise when their players get concussed or otherwise have to miss time, beating up on whoever laid the hit isn’t really much consolation anyway.

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