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Kessel explains slashing Scott: ‘He said he was going to jump me’

Sep 22, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

It looks like Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel is following TSN’s Darren Dreger’s advice of going with the “survival instincts” defense regarding his multiple slashes on Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott during Sunday’s wild line brawl.

The incident happened in the beginning of the melee, so decide for yourself if Kessel deserves a suspension or not:

“It was pretty stupid, right?” Kessel told reporters, as per the Globe and Mail. “He said he was going to jump me … He’s a big boy. If he’s coming after me, what are you gonna do?”

Kessel told TSN he thanked his Leafs teammates for defending him.

Scott, for what it’s worth, hinted to the Globe he was “joking” about the threat.

According to’s listings, Scott is eight inches taller and almost 70 lbs. heavier than Kessel. Perhaps it makes sense that Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said the Leafs had no one who could “match” Scott, then.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes that Kessel, 29, will only get a slap on the wrist from the league and might not lose out on any regular season games.

On the other hand, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston notes that Kessel received a match penalty for intent to injure, which apparently carries an automatic suspension (until commissioner Gary Bettman makes a ruling).

  1. mathieug79 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    With a 8″ difference and 70 lbs lighter, I would’ve done the same thing as Kessel, only difference I wouldn’t have aimed for the back of his legs!

  2. pxland - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    What are Kessel’s options?

    #1 throw down and get his ass kicked (and potentially get injured)

    #2 skate away and hear about it from everyone

    #3 stand up for yourself as best you can

    I don’t blame him at all. John Scott is way out of his mind taking a swing at Kessel.

    • alexbaymac - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Kessel should have skated away & had everyone think he was a spineless coward than to poke the bear (twice!) & remove all doubt.
      The clincher was Kessel leaving to pick a fight with someone else & then coming back to spear Scott again (while Scott was being held by a linesman)!
      No class Kessel.

      • sjtorpitt - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Obviously you didn’t watch the video carefully enough. In your “clincher,” as you call it, Kessel didnt leave to go pick a fight with someone else, the sabres player came up to Kessel.

      • hockey412 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM


        First of all….skate away? WHEN? It was the drop of the puck, moron….I didn’t see a big opportunity for him to skate away. Nonsense. When he could skate away, he did. I agree with the above, I’d have swung that stick at his face.

        You don’t line your goon up against a smaller sniper and have him start sh*t…at least not if you want your fans to still be able to use words like “class”.

        Scott’s a goon, period. As much as I admired the work he did on Thornton, this was well across any boundary of hockey decency. Boo, Scott and Buffalo….boo. Not cool.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        @412 – I dislike Kessel as much as the next B’s fan, but trying to have an intelligent interaction with a Sabres fan is not going to happen. Their team is awful and has no hope of playing a meaningful game in the next few years; they don’t get class.

        Sabres fans are killing Kessel, but Miller did the same thing when Lucic ran him; he just missed. oh no! oh no!

        This team; their organization and the majority of their fan base think that winning a fight is how to win. When Scott knocked out Thornton last year- it was their cup. they have nothing; no hope; they have the worst hockey player in the game, and the best fighter. I’d rather have bunch of guys who can defend themselves who can actually play.

        what a joke this team is. what a joke. Nice new uniforms too. ha!

      • screecwe - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        @412 The Sabres didn’t line Scott up against Kessel. Carlyle had the last change. HE lined Kessel up against him.


        You’re a leafs fan. Are you REALLY trying to talk smack about a team being bad?

      • skr213 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Completely agree with alexbaymac. Sjtorpitt: you are not looking at the right piece of the video. Much later, a minute or so, Kessel skates back over and slashes Scott again. For everyone else, I would agree that Kessel did the right thing EXCEPT that he slashed Scott AFTER Scott was already being wrapped up by TWO of Kessel’s teammates. THAT was absolutely cowardly. THEN, as I point out above, a minute or so later, Kessel skates back over and slashes Scott AGAIN. There’s only one word that describes how Kessel handled the situation, and it rhymes with stitch.

      • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Insults are a poor way to make a point! There are many knowledgeable hockey fans in hockey strong cities like Buffalo and Toronto, whether you agree or not! Toronto and Buffalo sell out their games regularly even with the lack of success these last few decades, yet are these fans stupid, or do they just love the game? Pepper points out Miller’s swing at Lucic, yet that ill advised play was an immediate reaction to a huge hit on a goalie, unlike Scott warning Kessel to fight, a quick shove and then other players aiding Kessel when Phil decides to take several swings at Scott! And Hockey 412 is promoting stick swinging at players faces? Come on, get real! That kind of play should result in jail time, not penalties or suspensions!

    • burgh916 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      I don’t have any issue with what Kessel did, here’s how I look at it:
      Scott’s action was to sucker punch Kessel, which the sheer size difference alone (not even factoring in Scotts fighting experience) Kessel could have been seriously injured. So Scott took a risk of potentially harming somebodies brain for life…. I’m pretty sure Scott can deal with a few bruises on his legs for that attempt.

      • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM

        First, a sucker punch implies a hidden punch. Even Kessel admits to Scott warning him first! So you need to look at it another way! Second, it is illegal to take a swing at another player with the intent to injure. Third, Scott only pushed Kessel knowing other players would come to Kessel’s aid. Fourth, Kessel’s actions call for a suspension, while Scott was only given a fighting penalty. If Scott wanted to play dirty, he would have sucker punched Kessel, but that didn’t happen. If anything, blame Carlyle for putting Kessel in against Scott. Otherwise, everything else you said was right!

      • burgh916 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        The fact still remains. I’m 100% certain Kessel didn’t want to fight Scott. Scott lands a clean punch on Kessel and you’re looking at potential brain injury because some as*hole decides he wants to “jump him.” Again, Scott can deal with some bruises on his legs for endangering someone’s career.

      • fivehole1962 - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        burgh916…are you really that stupid? You mentioned Scott “endangering someone’s career”. Tell me, with a 2 handed swing of his stick to the lower legs of Scott, is not possible career ending? Scott could easily have suffered broken bones in both legs. He could have suffered from two severed achillies tendons, He could have had some internal bleeding that led to a clot that then traveled up in his heart or his brain! On top of that, after the slashs, Scott could have fallen hitting his head on the ice causing a concussion or a bleed. While the odds of any of these happening, these scenario’s are just as realistic as one punch ending anyone’s playing days! Next time you want to post a comment, write it down, realize how stupid you are and you won’t make the same mistake again!

    • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      You forgot turtling, which I wouldn’t blame Kessel for!

    • vimmer85 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      He didn’t swing once at him, show me this mystery video where Scott swings at Kessel. You Leafs fans just want to find a reason for it to be Okay for Kessel to do what he did. If the roles were reversed your panties would all be in a bunch. Face it he used his stick with intent to injure an opposing player. If no suspension follows Shanaban and Bettmann both need to go.

      • pxland - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Did you just call me a Leads fan?

    • wesleycrocket - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      The bottom line is he made a decision to use his stick as a weapon. You can argue all you want about “what was he supposed to do” but using your stick as a weapon should never ever be an option on the table. It is disgraceful to hockey and makes us all look like goons.

    • screecwe - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Scott never took a swing at Kessel. Watch it again. He shoved him. Quit blowing it our of proportion.

    • tenglish1020 - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      These comments are so biased. Look at it from both sides. Tropp just got in a fight and lost in a bad way. Buffalo’s coach put out his guys to send a message (granted its preseason) and Toronto’s coach didn’t. Kessel lined up next to Scott and Kessel reached for Scott first. First slash fine 2 min slash no big deal. second slash when he was one the ground jumped by a few players including a guy from a bench. That is where the suspension should be from. Oh and don’t forget the spear too. Classless move

    • joshdeitsch - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      4-grow a pair and be a man. Anybody who swings a stick with intent to hurt someone is a candy A#& and should be suspended for a very long time. Especially for the last swing when he was clearly no longer in any danger. If he gets less games than the guy who came off the bench to stick up for the little baby, there is something seriously wrong.

  3. zdeb93 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Plays the self defense card when he taunts Scott and spears him at the end of the line brawl, what a classless dope

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Like all the “class” Scott showed going after a guy a foot shorter than him?

      • buddysguys - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        not Scotts fault he is shorter…blame his parents.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        Breaking the enforcer code… Yeah, Scott is sofa king classy! He’ll get what he deserves when he meets Toronto’s real tough guys. Scotts already been owned by both. You Sabres fans might have short memories, but we all know Orr or McLaren can and will mop the floor with Scott.

  4. mpops86 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    No one asked why he speared Scott a few minutes later? That seems to be more worthy of a suspension to me.

    • mrpinkca - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Somewhere in Toronto Grapes is raging about how Kessel is taking away roster spots from a good Canadian boy would answer the bell in this situation.

  5. shamu1the1whale - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I think Phil is an awesome player with skill and a lot of talent. If you ask me, Phil should have just skated away and should not have gotten involved in any of that mess (including he shouldn’t have fought the other guy). Phil’s one of the team’s stars and should devote his energy & skills to scoring goals, not fighting.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      To be fair, it wasn’t much of a fight… didn’t go so well for Flynn

  6. ejbigg - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    If Scott was “joking” about coming after Kessel then why did he drop his gloves? Call Kessel a coward all you want he probably shouldn’t have slashed or speared him but Scott broke hockey code by going after the little guy.

    • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Scott knew Kessel would get help, and Scott never threw a punch at Kessel. Hockey code says never swing your stick at a player, especially when he is being engaged by your teammates! Please reread the code!

      • hockey412 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        He dropped the gloves on a player not in his class and tried to grab him up. Not cool. Not in the “code”.

        So let’s talk about your “code”. If Toronto didn’t have a player on Scott’s level, then Scott shouldn’t have been on the roster for that game correct? Yes, that is correct. By filling your roster up with goons in a game where there’s no need to goon it up (it’s wasn’t like it was Boston) you sacrifice a player that can put points up…and how did Buffalo do on the scoreboard?

        Good luck, Buffalo. This was a shame to watch, and it’s a shame to see people actually defending Scott. Kessel should have got him in the face.

      • buddysguys - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        last i checked the guy that fought Tropp was 6’5 and Tropp is 6’0 on a good day of stretching.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Where were you and the “code” when Miller tried take out Lucic?

        Live by the sword Buffalo…

        or does that not count cause nobody defended him?

        have fun finishing last Buffalo.

  7. ryanw822 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    a leaves player acting like a punk?? Shocker!

    Typical Danica Patrick syndrome here. Kessel running his mouth thinking nothing would happen. Scott goes after him and punk boy decides he going to slash at his ankles. Then while another guy is fighting punk boys battle he takes another swing at his ankles. Then comes in with a spear attempt.

    Going to be fun watching Toronto fans have a meltdown this season since they had a good year by their lowly of standards.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      You obviously didn’t watch the game… or read the article that explains why Scott went after Kessel.

      • dueman - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        He’s just a typical hater, he saw the name Kessel in the headline and decided to puke out some garbage. They are out in full force over this and looking more stupid then usual. ANYBODY that actually saw the game knows Scott was nothing short of a complete loser in this situation. It was nice to see Kessel bloody up Flynn though…Who would have thought he had that in him?

  8. bigben1513 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Scott dropped the gloves before kessel slashed him don’t think he was joking think the spear was uncalled for at the end

  9. drewzducks - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    No one circles the drain like the Buffalo Sabres. Forty plus years and counting. What an embarrassment.

    • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Kessel is an embarrassment! So is Clarkson! Suspend them both! Also, the longest Stanley Cup final drought is Toronto-45 years! Toronto is a storied franchise worthy of success. I wish them well, unlike your negative comment on the Sabres!

    • buddysguys - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      and the leaves have been regular contenders?

      • drewzducks - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Of course not. My team broke their hearts last Spring. Don’t know what that has to do with the Sabres being garbage.

  10. hubeydubeydoo11 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Slashing like that is a b*tch move…Dont care if there is a size difference slashing with that much force behind it is uncalled for. Thats just careless and dangerous even if it is a goon like Scott. I like Kessel but thats just disappointing and not classy for both scott and Kessel.

  11. pmonte3122 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Yeah, let me swing my stick at him really quick. That’ll show him. What a prick.

  12. afrozenpond - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I love hockey.

  13. buffalo65 - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    I hope you are not a leaf fan making fun of 40 plus years of futility. Seems to me the Sabres and leafs are tied for cups in a larger than 6 team league.
    Likely are a leaf fan as 90 percent have no clue about sport.

    • drewzducks - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Boston fan all around. Unfortunately, sounds like you’re a Bills/Sabes fan. Well at least the Braves had Ernie D.

  14. mustbechris - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    What would I do? Probably not slash him, and then slash him again, and then spear him after the fact. Seems like a series of poor decisions to me.

  15. matt14gg - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    John Scott is a clown on skates. He represents everything that is wrong with the Buffalo Sabres. As far as “joking”, that’s ridiculous, if a goon threatens a player on the ice that player would be an idiot not to take the threat seriously. Kessel did exactly what he should have done. The only place where he goes over the line is continuing to two-hand Scott after Scott was engaged with other Leafs. But even in that case it was Scott’s idiocy that prompted the whole thing.

    Only issue I have with the fight is the Leaf that sucker punched the Sabre at the end of the scrum. The Sabre player clearly thought the fight was over and turned away (always a no-no) and the Leaf player took advantage of it (not sure who either player was). But again, everything flowed from the 6′ 8″ moron who doesn’t belong in the league.

    Kessel will get some symbolic discipline, but that’s all, because the nonsense Scott pulled is exactly what the league is trying to get rid of.

    • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Sorry Matt. The league is not trying to get rid of fighting! What Scott did has been going on in hockey forever. Scott never threw a punch at Kessel, he tried to grab him knowing others would come to protect Kessel. Swinging the stick at a player is indefensible! Have some sack and try to look like a hockey player, not an ice dancer! Blame Carlyle fro putting Kessel in that spot!

      • matt14gg - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        What part of Buffalo do you live in and which player’s jersey do you own? I’m guessing Andreychuk.

  16. matt14gg - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    BTW, I never thought I’d say this but Phil Kessel is slowly becoming one of my favorite non-Bruins. He’s a hell of a player and he seems to be becoming more of a team guy. That’s not to say he’s ever going to play any defense, but it seems like he’s starting to care a bit more about actually winning instead of just getting his points.

    Leafs have a great future and the Sabres will once again be the Sabres, in spite of Patrick Kaleta’s laughable threats to the contrary. I’d bet Ryan Miller gets on his knees every day and prays to get traded out of that hell hole.

  17. janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    You make Leafs fans sound bad! Kessel swings his stick at defenseless player, and you berate the franchise to your south! Nice!

  18. blackandorangeforlife - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Sabres are a Joke of a club…..How many times are they going to blow up over a clean hit or fight?

    • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Like when Umberger chased Brian Campbell around the rink for 10 games after he got manhandled? Flyers suck

      • blackandorangeforlife - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        So you think these were the same?….Flyers retaliated immediately….They did not wait until the next shift to send out their best fighter to go after a top player did they?…No they handled it right then…..And they chased him around the rink?…….Funny lets see if the video jogs your memory….Be sure to watch it….

        With that said my point is this….Kaletta made a statement that the Sabres will not tolerate runs on their players….Yet he retaliated on a very clean hit…..Tropp was a willing participant in his fight….He lost and the Sabres send out Scott to go after a non fighter/skilled player in Kessel……If the Sabres want to go after everyone or every questionable hit they will be spending a lot of time in the box…..For a mediocre team that is a stupid way to play……I dont agree with Kessels actions at all…..But would it have happened if the Sabres had balls a few years ago instead of the stupidity they are showing now?….Probably not

      • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Clearly you missed my reference. The below video which you kindly attached showed a CLEAN hit. So, why did they feel the need to blow up and try to address it? Because clean or not, that is what ALL hockey teams do to big hits nowadays. The Sabres are no different. Also, since you are just a casual Flyers fan, I will fill you in. After the huge hit by Campbell, every time the Sabres played the Flyers thereafter, Umberger kept chasing Campbell down to try and fight him. By your logic, this makes the Flyers too a “joke of a club”

  19. flyerguy73 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I wish he would of swung at his head, and knocked that goons head off! Sabres are a bunch of no talent punks.

  20. matthews4 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    No matter how you paint this Leafs fans, Kessel is a coward. It was not bad enough he didn’t skate to an official and went Paul Bunion, he then speared the man while he was being held. I ‘am not fond of the Sabers and Scott is a goon, but that does not buy Kessel absolution. What if let’s say Marchand did the same exact thing, Leaf nation would be screaming about what a weasel and coward he is. Sorry it can,t be about the Who sometimes it has to be about the what.

  21. mtkenney - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    When my wife, who could care less about hockey and knows nothing of “the code” saw this, she could tell that Kessels actions looked nothing like hockey and were reckless and dangerous.

  22. beyor35 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I’m a B’s fan so no love for Kessel here but Scott is a POS for going after the star player and much smaller player in Kessel. In most cases a guy can grab on and take a defensive position against a bigger guy but Scott has no place in today’s NHL. He has zero skill and is taking the spot of an actually hockey player who could both play and fight…

  23. mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    This is poor journalism and an obvious bias toward one side. Please include the entire story when their guy who is 6″ taller jumped the Sabres player at face off right after he scored a goal. It would help to include quotes from both sides too so trolls from Philly and Boston don’t offer uninformed opinions.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Tropp dropped the gloves first and threw the first punch. Was Devane just supposed to take it and not fight back? Sabres wuss’s shouldn’t dish it out if they can’t take it. If Buffalo has a problem with Devane, go after Devane… but Buffalo’s so called “enforcer” is too clueless. Scott will find out what a real enforcer is the next time Toronto and Buffalo meet.

      • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Enjoy not being able to resign players because Clarktard and Co will be getting nice suspensions. Suck it!

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Just signed Mason Raymond today… So much for THAT theory, mc.

        Please try again.

      • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        Oh no! He’s a world beater! Watch out for Toronto now. They signed a street FA. All you Leafs fans appear to be the same.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        Blah Blah Blah, you have nothing to back up what you’re saying. Petty name calling and pounding your chest like an idiot on the internet doesn’t mean anything to me.

        You obviously have a clue who is and who isn’t a good hockey player. Sorry, losing Clarkson for 10 games isn’t going to cripple the team you troll 24/7. All you habs fans are the same. You should probably worry about your own puny smurf team.

  24. nicknyhc - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Kessel is the bad guy here? Come on….sounds like some of you guys need to go watch soccer or baseball.

    The Sabres barely have enough talent right now to compete in the league. With the exception of Ryan Miller and Vanek, they have almost nobody. They have idiots like Kaleta trying to get tough and make dirty plays in a sad attempt at keeping their team relevant. If they want to run around every game with clowns like Kaleta and Scott doing their best impression of the 1970’s Bobby Clarke Flyers then they better expect other teams to fight back and sometimes get dirty.

    I’m not a Leafs fan, but I gotta take Kessel’s side on this one. Sure the extra spear at the end was uncalled for, but Scott prompted the whole thing with his goon routine. He went after someone he thought was an easy target and it turned out being harder than he expected.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      If the Maple Leaf effect. Everyone hates the Leafs. Scott started it, but he’s the good guy in all of this? meanwhile Clarkson and Kessel are the bad guys.

      You just know if the opposite happened, if Orr went after Vanek and Ott stepped in, everyone would be calling for Colton Orr’s head. Vanek and Ott would be heroes.

    • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      The Leafs had the last change, so Scott was sent out and Carlyle had the option of who to play. Scott was going to start with anyone who stood next to him, and it just happened to be Kessel. No punches were thrown between the two, yet when aid came to bail Kessel out, he grew a pair and swung his stick at a player already engaged with his teammates. And you condone that? Somehow you were able to insult two sports, one of which is the worlds most popular, and 95% of the Sabres team! Well done, as far as insults go! I can see you are in mid season form! And your comparison with the Flyers of old couldn’t be further from the truth! Any knowledgeable hockey fan knows the Sabres would rather skate around someone than paste them into the boards, at least that has been the Sabres M.O. since they started in1970.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Poor Scott… someone save the 6’8 270 pounder from weee little Kessel.

      • nicknyhc - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        You may be a hardcore Sabres fan, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are rebuilding and not very many people outside of Buffalo expect them to make the playoffs. I’m not trying to bash them, but its not a great time for their franchise right now…..maybe they’ll make the playoffs. Anything is possible, but don’t lie to yourself and act as if they have a dream team right now.

        I don’t care if soccer is popular. I’m not going to like something just because a lot of other people do. I’m just pointing out to all the concussion sensitive cry babies if they want an alternative and a safer sport to watch they have options.

  25. voltron217 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    You retards that didnt see what led up to the incident should keep your mouths shut. Then again im amazed that a flyer fan can actually spell and read.

  26. mmccarty35 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    What a puss!! I might have been able to accept that he slashed him for defense, even though all he had to do was hold his own for a second until help arrived. So what the deal with the slash to scott after scott was engaged and to scotts back. Ball less move

    • thesportsjudge - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Ball less move

      That is a classless bush-league attempt at humor targeting a person surviving cancer. Rot in hell you piece of garbage.

      • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        BALL SO HARD!

  27. longcutskolvikes - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Maybe this will guaranty that the Sabres and Leafs will play in the 2016 Winter Classic, especially since both teams will have played in one by that point.

  28. tleonard35 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Wow that video was conveniently edited to OMIT the fact that Kessel stood behind Scott repeatedly hacking the back of his legs once Scott was fighting the player that came to Kessel’s rescue after his mouth wrote a check his fists could not even come close to cashing. Kessel’s actions could have been considered 3rd man in…except that he proved, with this gutless display, that he is not a man.
    If you cannot handle the big dog, don’t run your mouth and turn to engage him, Kessel. What a piece of garbage.

  29. northstarnic - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    He shouldn’t be suspended. Why should a real hockey player be obligated to take a beat-down from a giant goon? What a circus. Get those thugs/fake hockey players out of the league.

  30. northstarnic - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Anyone saying that kessel came back and speared Scott towards the end of the melee either didn’t watch it or doesn’t know what spearing is. He gave Scott a little nudge to his kidney/rib pad of his pants using the bottom/flat of his stick blade. NOT spearing.
    I totally support everything Kessel did, start to finish. Scott doesn’t deserve to be on the ice with Kessel and if he’s going after him, Kessel should do what he has to to protect himself.

    • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      your an idiot

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        What kind of idiot can’t even spell “You’re an idiot” right?

      • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        One that has to work during the day as doesn’t have time to sit on this website all day long and whack off. Loser.

      • mc321984 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        To be technical, it’s not a spelling error, it’s a contraction error. They probably didn’t teach that at your inner city Philadelphia HS. Thanks for playing Mr Grammar!

    • fivehole1962 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      northstarnic, I agree with mc321984…you’re an idiot!

  31. kitshky - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    First of all, Gad I miss Harry Neale!!

    Secondly, I got no problem with what Kessel did. He didn’t take the (ridiculous) bait of Scott and took on the very next guy(s) that came at him.

    (and that wasn’t even close to a spear)

    (and the Leafs still suck)

    • janoon2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Agreed about Harry Neale! Otherwise, swinging a stick at an opponent has no place in hockey, period! Either fight like a man or turtle and wait for help, but never use your stick to injure a fellow player! And there were no punches thrown between Scott and Kessel, just a push and shove until help arrived. If Scott wanted to nail Kessel, we would be reading Kessel’s obituary today! As far as a spear, his intention to get Scott’s attention was a poor choice which could cost Kessel some pressbox time! And, actually, considering it was a preseason game, don’t coaches and GM’s want to see their players in game action to decide whether to keep them or send them down. That is why Scott was playing, despite all the comments about his abolity or disability to play hockey! And the Leafs could continue to improve on last year’s effort, so I disagree on your opinion of the Leafs also. But I do love Harry Neale, who makes his home in the Buffalo area!

  32. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I kinda understand the first shot. He doesn’t want to get pounded any more than I would. But why the second shot to Scott when he’s tangled up with someone else? And why from behind? And why the spear?

  33. eggserino - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    The best thing about all of this (and all other Kessel news going forward)? That beautiful portrait will always be attached. Beauty, eh?

  34. icrew29 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I guess if you are only 6 ft and weight is 70 lbs less then someone else you can use your stick to equal things out. REALLY!!

  35. jpat2424 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Kessel is a weasel. Go Hawks.

  36. Moop - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    John Scott didn’t do anything wrong at all and Kessel is wrong for slashing him and spearing him after everything had settled down. The only problem I have with this is that all of this would have been avoided (though I do love a good line brawl) had the Leafs had at least Clarkson on the ice. They didn’t even have Orr, Fraser, or McLaren dressed. Look for those guys to go after Scott when they see him in the regular season.

  37. amityvillefun - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Kessel is a wuss. End of discussion. If he didn’t want to fight, that’s fine. But circling back around for the two handed slash and then the added spear just shows how classless he is. Suspend the idiot.

  38. jr3870 - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    I believe the TO coach said he had no one to match Scott and was trying to diffuse the situation. So you send out your MVP player when Buffalo has there goon out after tension is high. I really feal TO coach is an idiot and gets the bone head coach of the year award.before the season even starts.

  39. mrbungholio - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    “I honestly thought I was gonna be raped for a second. He had the craziest look in his eyes. And at one point he said, “Lets get it on.””

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