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NHL schedules Tuesday phone hearing with Kessel

Sep 23, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

Phil Kessel AP

The NHL rolled out some big disciplinary decisions on Monday, but those hoping for closure regarding Phil Kessel slashing John Scott will need to wait until Tuesday.

The league scheduled a telephone hearing with Kessel, 25, for Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET. That means his maximum punishment would be five games, although it’s anyone’s guess if he’ll miss a single regular season contest at all.

Kessel explained his actions as a matter of reflex/self-defense against Scott, 30, one of the NHL’s most intimidating enforcers. Here’s video of Sunday’s line brawl, with that exchange in the beginning:

That fracas already cost the Leafs dearly in the form of David Clarkson‘s automatic 10-game suspension; we’ll see if they lose one of the league’s deadliest snipers for any amount of time, too.

  1. esracerx46 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Better get a couple games. His reflex was to run away which, nobody can blame him for. Using his stick as a baseball bat as your running away and then again after somebody engaged with Scott…not so much.

    • withseidelinn - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      What about Scott? 100% intent to injure a guy who is 8 inches shorter and 70 pounds lighter who has dropped the gloves once in his entire career. If Scott injured Kessel that just completely takes away from the game of hockey as a whole. Why should Scott go unscathed for trying to jump a star player who can make the game exciting?

      • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:24 AM

        That’s pure B.S. and you know it.

      • cantphaseme - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:47 AM

        Intent to injury without ever laying a hand on the guy…..that’s some wonderful logic right there.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      I don’t have a problem with what he did. If some dude twice my size tried to sucker-punch me I’d probably use my stick to hit his face. Kessel was reserved in my opinion.

      • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        He should get a minimum of three games. He’s a coward.

      • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        He should get the rest of the preseason. He didn’t hurt Scott.

      • joey4id - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Sucker punch! Funny you the “historian” would bring that up. Way way back in the day it was common occurrence for fighters to jump star players. For line brawls and bench clearing brawls. Since the 70s the NHL slowly started putting new rules in to control the amount of fighting. Especially line brawls and bench clearing brawls. Though fighting is still occurs, and his more controlled and regulated, it will one day be eliminated.

      • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Yes it was a common occurrence. What’s your point? All I said was if it happened to me I’d wrap my stick around his face. Would’ve done it back then, and would still do it now.

  2. ikillchicken - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Accidentally catch a guy with a 1 handed slash as you’re spinning around? 8 games. Deliberately slash a guy repeatedly with both hands and a full windup while your teammates hold him back? 5 or less games. Makes sense.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Well one was to the face and the other was to the shinguard…it shouldn’t be that difficult to grasp.

      • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        One was accidental and the other intentional – three times! Even you can grasp that.

      • cantphaseme - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        Last I checked shinguards don’t protect the back of the legs.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Again, one was to the face and the other to the shinguards.

        Also, not sure when the last time you played was but yes, shinguards do protect the back of your legs.

  3. billsin20xx - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    So you can use 2 handed slashes as long as the guy is a lot bigger than you, and/or is not a star player.
    They better penalize this sissy or the players will handle the discipline themselves!

  4. bosoxfan15 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    The first slash was maybe excusable because of the mismatch in skill versus grit, but the second slash while the other guy is being attended to was bush-league at best and downright cowardly. Kessel deserves a suspension for his actions.

  5. jpak12 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Scott, the Sabres and their fans better not be crying when Orr and McClarren go after Hodgson and the Sabres skill players.

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      The Leaf fans will be crying and whining like they always do when they have to face Ott and Kaleta and Scott.

      • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        lol, Did you just become a Buffalo fan this week or something?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      I think the Sabres would welcome that reaction from the Leafs. The Sabres have built a team that will eat up and spit out that type of game from the Leafs. The Sabres over the next 5 years will dominate the Leafs in every aspect of the game.

  6. amityvillefun - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    For one, Scott has no place in the league. The guy can’t even play the game. Even enforcers should have a certain skill level to be able to play in the NHL, but Scott is there for one reason only.

    However, Kessel deserves the maximum penalty. That slash was nasty and he better watch his back next time he plays the Sabres. That kind of retaliation can’t be tolerated by the league. Kessel has to keep his stick under control and his emotions in check. Totally a cowardly move. He deserves to have his arse kicked now.

    Glad he’s not in Boston anymore if he reacts like that.

    • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Ya man, that two hander across that giant dudes shin pad is the absolute worst thing that I have ever seen in hockey! They need to throw everything they have at him! Here in Boston, our guys are the most courageous in the universe. If that giant dude tried that crap with Marchand, he would have dropped his gloves right away and just knocked that guy out. With one punch even!

      • amityvillefun - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Lol. Marchand would be squished by Scott. I’m not that delusional. He’d look like a flea next to him. However, you can bet that Marchand wouldn’t cower like Kessel did and might even get a punch or two in on the way down.

        I’m hoping that Shawn Thornton gets another chance against Scott this year and serves him up. Thornton is a great enforcer, because he can actually play the damn game. His two Cups prove it.

        Scott’s beat down of Thornton is the only time I’ve really seen someone “own” him.

  7. mclovinhockey - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Axe chop swing while running away, then a slash while he is on the ground and two of his teammates are fighting him, follows by a spear when the ref is holding him back….

    Kessel should be gone at least 10 games, he is such a dirty little coward.

    • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Hey Richard Cranium, hyperbole much? Wow you people like to really blow things out of proportion!

  8. jacketsfan7 - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    When a big ass guy jumps you like that I’d slash him too

    • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      There’s an honest fan. If that giant bastard came after me for any reason, let alone no reason, I wouldn’t have aimed for his shins.

    • bigblackzaranek - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      So would I, but after i saw that he was being held by two of my teammates i wouldnt chop at him again. Then i wouldn’t antagonize him further by poking him with my stick (despite the fact all i did was run)

  9. lilroot9 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    So watching the video again and again, looks worse for Kessel. I understand, if a big guy came at me for no reason, I would continue to give him no reason to come after me. You are all saying that if I huge dude came at you, one you will be playing maybe 8 times this season, you would chop at his legs or face. Does that sounds smart? If I was going to slash a big dude mugging me in a back alley, yes, sounds fine. Here? No. Kessel will see him again and that won’t be pretty.

    Second, if you watch the beginning of the video, Kessel reaches for Scotts shoulder before Scott goes after him, that’s why he went, he was turning towards Scott and reaching for his shoulder. Then decides, wait, you are really big, so I will just skate at a distance and chop at you, not push you away, hack at you.

    Kessel deserves well over 5 games for this, a second swing when the player is being attacked by 2 other players (total of 3, including Kessel and his handy stick work, and no it’s not a goal we are talking about) only to have Scott involved for 2+ minutes and being held by the ref and come back to spear him (I know he did not really get him, but intent). This is terrible news for Kessel. Regardless how many games he gets suspended, he better pray his coach sits him for all games against Buffalo. This will come back up. Maybe not right away or the first meeting (to avoid suspensions) but I bet Sabres fans would help pay Scott’s fines if he really got the best of Kessel in the future. Dude is a coward and should not “fight” (even with his stick) and not expect to be hit back. If I hit a much bigger guy than me with a “weapon”, I would expect some pay back at some point. Good luck to Kessel.

  10. joey4id - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I don’t know why Kassel raised his hand towards Scott’s shoulder. Scott’s instinct as a fighter is to drop his gloves at the first site of a potential opportunity to defend himself. One can argue that Kessel’s first slash was in self defense. But his handy stick work after the initial slash was a little too much. The guy put on his gear after his fight to go back at Scott. He should get suspended and yes there will be retribution for Kessel’s stick work next time they meet, and it won’t be Scott who will hand out the punishment. There is a code in the NHL. Goons don’t go after star players. And someone on the Leafs will probably go after Scott.

    • amityvillefun - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      ….and get pounded.

  11. jpat2424 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Hoping for at least 20. Go Hawks!!

  12. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    There can’t be two sets of standards – one for stars one for everyone else. If stars are exempted from disciplinary procedures, then some will become cheap shot artists.

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