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Sabres-Bruins fight: Scott knocks Thornton out of game (video)

Jan 31, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

It didn’t take long for the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins to engage in fisticuffs.

Roughly three minutes into their highly-anticipated grudge match — the first since Buffalo’s offseason beef-up, pegged by many as a response to the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller incident — one of the Sabres’ acquisitions, 6-foot-8 John Scott, got into it with Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton:

Not an epic tilt or anything, but definitely a shift in approach for the Sabres — and to Scott’s credit, he made good on what was promised upon being signed by Buffalo.

“John’s size and toughness make him a difficult player to battle against,” Buffalo GM Regier said upon signing him. “His physical play will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Of course, employing Scott means having to deal with him, you know, actually playing hockey. And that nearly got the Sabres in trouble late in the first period, when Scott took a bad elbowing penalty on Rich Peverley.

Update: According to multiple sources, Thornton was injured during the fight and won’t return to the contest.

Here’s more, from’s Joe Haggerty:

Shawn Thornton had a lengthy chat with big John Scott during pregame warm-ups and it was pretty clear the two were planning out a bout once things got started. Thornton tried to get a hold of Scott so he could grapple with the 6-foot-8, 260-pound brute, but Scott landed a series of overhand right punches that sent the B’s enforcer tumbling to the ice.

He skated off to the dressing room as soon as his penalty was over and never returned to the bench in the first period. He won’t return to the game tonight. Not good.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Yeah that was an impressive showing by the Bruins “tough guys” – lost respect for Boston fans AND “I can’t fight my own battles” Lucic on that one. Where ya at, Pepper?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Congrats on continuing your streak at posting nothing but stupid comments. There’s a fairly large size discrepancy between the two so no matter how tough you are, a lengthy reach will always win.

      • salmon90 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        And as I said below… there’s the first one.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        It’s a fact, not a whine. Thornton clearly got smoked but what did everyone expect?

      • steiner444 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        A lengthy reach does not always win. If that’s the case, then why fight someone with a bigger reach. What a stupid comment.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        Let me clarify for slow people such as yourself. When two elite athletes at the top of their game have a 6″ difference in height, there is a greater probability of the guy who is 6’8″ winning the fight than the guy who is 6’2″

      • salmon90 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Oh, wah, hockeyflow…congrats on being a whiney little brat. There’s a pretty big size difference between Lucic and Miller, too, isn’t there? Lucic is a coward and can’t fight his own battles, and because of it, Thornton went down…period. What a bunch of goons.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        I think everyone EXPECTED mr “tough guy” to fight his own damn battles.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        Who cares? Its just awesome to see Thorton eating that many punches in a row. Total domination by Scott. Owned Thornton.

        I particularly liked the way Jack Edwards shut the hell up.

    • fahkinsouthiekids - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    • pepper2011 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      Right here… Scott got the best of Thornton. the difference is – Thornton is a hockey player, and a good one. Scott is a wasted roster space. The B’s didn’t play well. It’s not worth fighting Scott for anyone else. Why would Lucic, Chara or Mcquaid fight Scott? He’s a giant man, and a good fighter, but a terrible hockey player. There are not many fair swaps. Scott sucks. 270 vs.216lb. THAT is tough. I don’t want Chara or Lucic fighting Scott. risk vs. reward. That was awfully tough of stafford to throw an elbow at the head of hamilton; he should get at least a game.

      • pepper2011 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        The best part is you guys actually seem surprised that a guy 6’8” 270 beat up a guy 6’3″ 217. I am not crying size; it’s just sort of expected. I don’t think any Boston fan thought Thornton would knock out Scott. Best case Scenario was a draw and no injuries; hopefully it’s nothing that will keep him out of the lineup for too long. The comment about a guy who is 6’8″ beating up a dude get more attention than Vanek’s game. Sad. He beat the Bruins tonight, not Scott.

  2. salmon90 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Scott is an absolute beast. I remember back when he was on the Wild fighting Bolduc…scariest one sided fight I’ve seen. Anyways Sabres fans..get ready for a lot of ‘size mismatch’ whines from the B’s fans! Ask them how big the guys Chara or Lucic pick on are!

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Chara and Lucic also play important roles on the team. It’s the same reason you won’t see Myers picking fights with a 4th liner from the B’s

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        B’s meaning “b*tches, right?

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        No, Bruins, but based off the type of inane, useless drivel you post, I’m not surprised that confused you.

    • stratomaticfan - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Sure he’s a beast. But he barely qualifies as a hockey player. He has over 150 games, 1 goal, and 5 pts. You and I could probably get 5 pts in 150 games.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    You have to respect anyone willing to take on Scott, he’s an absolute monster of a hockey player.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      And disrespect Lucic…since he wasn’t.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Did Scott go after Lucic?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        What Scott SHOULD do is go after Rask…just to see how the tough talking Boston fans like THAT. I’ll bet another tune is whistled.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        If Rask is a mile out of his crease I would have no problem with that, and I say that s a goalie. When you leave your crease you’re fair game. Your teammates should still stand up for you but it should be immediately, not the next season.

  4. buff80 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Thornton…youv’e been…Thunderstruck!!!

  5. loinstache - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    That was a beat down from the beginning, Scott is a damn frightening man

    • loinstache - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Like that final undercut? The fight looks minor only because it’s over so quickly and not from a lack of balance… I’m not a fan of Thorton but geez

  6. habsman - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Lucic will not fight Scott. He picks his spots, usually vs. smaller opponents. Remember a few years ago when he pounded Komisereck (who is not a fighter), he refused three times to fight Larocque. Basically a coward, like most cheap shot Bruins.

    • mp1131211 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      On this one, we actually agree, habsman. The whole team is a bunch of cowards.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    On the matter of reach…

    Larry Robinson of les Canadien versus Stan Jonathan of Bruins?

  8. arbruins - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Sounds like the sabers fans crawled out of the wood work after Lucic ran over Miller a year and a half ago, get over it…had you ever watched the sport before then you would have seen goalies getting run over quite often.
    If Rask comes out as far as Miller did, may God have mercy on his soul. You puss Sabers fans seem to be doing all the whining here. Shut up and watch the game.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Nah I’m a Pens fan…just absolutely surprised at all this, both the Bruins behavior as well as their fans (at least the ones that post comments like yours) and starting to disrespect both. Lucic, a guy who prides himself on being so tough, runs an all-star and then refuses to answer the bell…the fans pick and choose their pieces of info to brag about and say how Scott would get beat down by Thornton or Chara…Chara is no where to be seen and Thornton gets thumped…then we hear all this. Nothing at all to respect here. Go Sabres…Boston has ceased to respect the game.

      • mp1131211 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Well put. Jack Edward’s is the perfect clown to announce these games, too.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        What ignorant version of hockey do you follow that a 1st line player and Norris Trophy defenseman should be fighting a guy barely on the roster for a planned fight?

      • thorshammersmashyou - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:50 AM

        Lucic did answer the bell. Last year, in the subsequent game, when he beat the living crap out of Gaustad. The fact that the Sabres failed so miserably in their attempt at retribution last year is the only reason this game was being hyped as a payback scenario in the first place.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Oh and then there’s ratface complaining about Skinner…which the Boston fans also supported hahahahhahaha…

      • habsman - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        I think “Ratface” is going to stick.

  9. sjsharks66 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    I called it a few articles back. No way lucic or chara were throwing down with scott unless they had a big lead.

  10. ajbaxter1975 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Buffalo is off to a pretty impressive start. Tough night for the Beantown Boys (Especially Thorton & Hamilton). Hope they can get it together for the Leafs on Saturday.

  11. arbruins - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Behavior, what behavior? The Bruins enforcer had to fight the Sabers enforcer. After that, the affair was over. Ruff said before the game that they wanted to win by scoring goals, not fight through the whole game. I didn’t see any cheap shots or dirty play from either side.
    It was a good game that the Bruins lost…big deal.

  12. sjsharks66 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM


    I remember lucic fighting his own battle the next game buffalo and boston played after the miller hit. As i recall, he won that fight.

    Its like everyone said before, i thought the entire miller thing was over. So lucic didnt fight a 4th line goon whos only role for being signed was to fight him. I think its pretty funny that lucic is not going to give buffalo that mind of satisfaction. Just let them soak in a terrible signing.

    • bradkaz96 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      “That 4th line goon” took one of your good all around players right out of the game all together. Sounds like a pretty good signing to me.

  13. flyeredup - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Lucic an Chara checked their labias at the door and let Scott pound Thorton. Thorton doesn’t deserve 5 for fighting, he should get 5 for being a punching bag. Lucic and Chara should be ashamed.

    • drewzducks - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Says the fan of a team who hasn’t won shat in nearly 40 years. Thornton may have been a punching bag tonight but Eric Lindros will always be a crash test dummy.

  14. loinstache - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Why charge a goalie when you can pot 7 goals on them? I’m seeing a lot of whining from some of the Bruins fans here… when Buffalo just beat them all around and, more importantly, cleanly tonight.

  15. arbruins - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Hahaha Flyeredup…it’s too bad that the Flyers are just as bad as your jokes are.

  16. arbruins - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Scott is a big dude but, what else can he do? He skated the first minute and the last minute of the game. He will be gone before the end of the season!

  17. flyeredup - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Broooons Fans are losers. John Scott should thump them all. Lucic and Chara knew Scott would concuss them as well. Pu$$ bags.

  18. kgun80 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Needed that win! It’s about time they played with some desperation. Vanek is a BEAST! The guy is blazing hot to bad the rest of the team is so up and down

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      If he played the Bruins ever game he’d be a first ballot HoFer

  19. flyeredup - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Lucic and Chara < Lindros. What girls for letting Thornton get facial bones crushed. BIG JOHN SCOTT

  20. betrayedbylife - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    goon vs goon. if scott wanted chara or lucic he should have skated on over and asked to go. it’s not like scott challenged someone and they backed off so he was relegated to battling a fourth line guy. they were yapping and handled things. at the very least, thornton gets a pat on the back for heading into fisticuffs with goliath.

    in other words, i wish john scott “played” (read as “fought”) for the bruins.

    • loinstache - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:50 AM

      upthumb, most sensible bruin comment here

  21. nhstateline - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    1. Lucic did fight in the next game the Bruins played against Buffalo last season. Won handily too. 2. Having Chara or Lucic fight in that situation last night has too much downside risk. It’s Thornton’s job to do so in that situation and it is someone’s job to do it on every team in the league. Thornton gets hurt, that’s a problem because he has some skill (and they guys who would come up from Providence can fight but they don’t have as much ability to play the game) but Chara or Lucic gets hurt in a fight like that it could be the season – especially if Chara got hurt. Most nights he’s that important to their defense (not last night though). Not worth it. 3. Buffalo won because it’s top line did a nice job of making the Bruins defense look like a turnstyle by moving the puck and skating so well (not fighting) and Ryan Miller was very good. As for Rask, one of the few times I’ve seen a goalie give up a six pack and didn’t think he played that badly. Other teams will look at what the Sabres did to stretch the B’s out going forward.

  22. rwbart1 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Love seeing that tool for Boston getting rolled lol

    • linoge63 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Many many many feel the same way as you do…and for very good reasons ( evil grin)

  23. linoge63 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    The highlights of the night was Vanek for his play and Thornton for his infinate warrior like courage for taking on someone far out of his physical range….I would imagine any team could bring in a player of Scott’s size and hockey inability to simply stand and fight…(shrug) I guess Buffalo has no one other than a Scott that can stand up to a Thornton or Lucic that can actually pass the puck…or do anything else related to hockey.

  24. psousa1 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    John Scott has scored a goal in the NHL??!! Lindy Ruff is the ultimate toad. He believes Scott winning the fight makes up for all the beatings he caught as a player. Scott is huge and has a huge reach but Thornton can and will beat him. He’s a dead man walking.

    • bigblackzaranek - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      He’s beating him in punches taken at least…

    • linoge63 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      I agree…warrior spirit always wins in the longer run…Twill be much like the Stan Jonathan beating on Bouchard ….messy, and when that happens…what will Buffalo rely on then? Will they hire someone in the MMA ?

  25. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    lmao whats all this Lucic cant fight his own fight? Seemed like Thorton wanted a piece of the guy and lost..ill say this though, the way that guy stands there with his chin wide open, Lucic could easily drop that guy. Only reason he beat Thorton is his height. Lucic or Chara would probably win 7 out of 10…FYI, im a Coyotes fan (i live in AZ), so i really dont care..just an observation

  26. linoge63 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    If I am a Buffalo fan, Im more than a tad bit concerned. Using Scott to address Thornton makes a very negative statement about the toughness of the rest of the Buffalo team. Mont, Bos, Philly etc will see this clearly and be bullying the Buff team into disgrace from here on in.

  27. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    This fight was just as unfair as Lucic taking a run at the goalie. The message is clear. Don’t touch the goalie. Period! Next game Lucic should settle the score with Big John.

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