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Video: Sabres’ Scott given major penalty for head shot

Oct 23, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

Buffalo Sabres pugilist John Scott could be facing further discipline from the National Hockey League, after he was given a major penalty for a hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson on Wednesday.

The incident occurred early in the third period. As Eriksson went to dump the puck in the Buffalo zone, Scott caught the Bruins forward with a hit up high, and was assessed a major penalty for charging.

Eriksson left the game and did not return to the bench, according to Bruins head coach Claude Julien did not have an update on Eriksson after the game, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid stepped in to fight Scott, and was handed an instigator penalty for his efforts.

Scott has already been involved in an ugly incident this season. He tried to grab the much smaller Leafs forward Phil Kessel and fight him during a pre-season game. That immediately led to a line brawl and Kessel delivering a pair of two-handed slashes to Scott.

124 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. dan46778 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    There is no place for Scott in the game today

    • drewsylvania - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      There’s no place for his coach, either. Rolston is a little &@&$.

    • esracerx46 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Without a doubt, I like John as a person. He seems very engaging and quite funny. But as a “hockey” player…not so much. After seeing the video somewhere else (link didn’t work), it didn’t seem all that flagrant. His elbow appeared to be down. From the angle it looks like his elbow caught Loui in the upper chest area, but its tough to tell from the angle I saw. Scott being 6’8” has something to do with it, but that’s not an excuse for a headshot. But from what I saw, Im not sold it was a headshot

      • onearmdragon - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        That’s a clear head hunting blind side late hit. Try watching the replay, it’s very clear. It’s a very deliberate hit.

        Scott’s a goon of the worst 6 minutes a game sort. Kaleta, now Scott. When will teams lose a bench seat for suspensions, or some sort of tangible effect of a suspension other than losing a 3/4 line player for a few games.

        This is what is wrong with hockey.

      • drewsylvania - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        Watch it again.

      • esracerx46 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Alright, after seeing more of it it was definitely a high hit. Was it late like Pierre said, not really. Did he get him with the elbow? No. Looked like he tried to go shoulder on shoulder but missed and caught him in the head with his bicep. Hey John, you get to play Russian roulette in New York.

      • withseidelinn - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        What are you, stupid?

      • donniesd - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Perhaps WWE Wrestling would be a better sport for you to follow… That’s where people are actually faking the injury… don’t feel like I am picking on any one specific, I was reading all of the comments and there are plenty of IDIOTS saying things like “Keep Your Head Up” and “Karma”… Fools! John Scott shouldn’t be in the league I love and proud to be a fan of!

      • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        YO, withseidelinn and donniesd – what’s up with the insults? Two people can look at the same replay and see different things. esracerx46 is a long time fan and quality poster. Not a fan of either team either.

        Apparently civility is a foreign concept to you.

    • upper90cheese - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Maybe Eriksson wont admire his dump-ins from now on. Keep your head up Loui!!

    • upper90cheese - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      What was Ericsson doing out there? Going for a Sunday skate. Just assume no one is going to hit you in the neutral zone?

      • pepper2011 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        you are dumb. Like, really stupid. It was a blind side hit at center ice; for NO Reason. That’s like saying if a guy in an elevator punch you in the side of the head that you should have blocked it. No, as a hockey player you shouldn’t have to worry about being hit 3 secs after you dump the puck from the neutral zone.There was no reason for the contact; he came at him from 30 feet away and late, then elbowed him in the head.

        please go back to baseball cause you are an embarrassment to hockey. you clearly do not know anything about the game. I don’t care what team you root for; it is clear that john scott is a waste of of air. A plant in the sabres locker room does more for the team because at least that produces oxygen.

    • rje49 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      A winger with one goal in 6 years and 187 games. It’s too obvious what his purpose is.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Wow, lot’s of early season whining out of Boston this year. They must still be smarting from Chicago shoving it down their throat last spring. Odd though, Boston can dish it out, but they sure can’t take it. They are the first team in the league to goon it up when one of their own takes a clean hit. It’s called karma, beeotch

      • pepper2011 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        hmmm. clearly not a blackhawks fan. They understand the game. I am glad you refer to yourself as a “boy”. please tell me you are 31 cause that would just be priceless.

        I am not sure if you are trying to call this a clean hit or not.

        “They are the first team in the league to goon it up when one of their own takes a clean hit”
        seriously, what are you talking about? Iginla took a big clean hit from Gudas and engaged him- they are both adults; he didn’t jump and Gudas was more than willing to oblige. I really hate people who comment on hockey who have no fundamental understanding of the game.

        Karma for what? Seriously, are you thick? Eriksson has been a Bruin for 8 games. Which of his 114 PIMs in 509 games was this his karmic retribution for? I know you are trolling but you are a tool.

        please stop watching and commenting on hockey you know absolutely nothing about the game.

      • dudermcrbohan - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        another moron with no idea of what karma actually is

    • bennywuh - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Combined with the Kessler incident… 10+ games? If thats what you get for leaving the bench, headshots should be 10+ as well… 10 games typically keeps players on the bench.

  2. sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Why anybody hands John Scott a contract is beyond me. Eriksson injured on the play. Let’s see Shanny blow this one.

    • davebabychreturns - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Probably tired of watching a divisional opponent drag games into the gutter, injure their starting goaltender, etc.. if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em am I right?

  3. crmgoodness - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    John Scott does not belong in the NHL. He brings absolutely nothing to the game but disrepute.

  4. upyourstodd - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    John Scott is a pylon. Good news, it is a short drive from Buffalo to Toronto for the in-person hearing.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Two pylons on the ice last night then; Scott & Chara. They’re still going by him like they did in the playoffs last spring; on the ice for 11 of the last 12 Chicago goals.

      • upyourstodd - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Yup. Scott and Chara are on the same level. I forgot.

    • vwmaddogxx - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Uuuuummmmmm yeah….I am pretty sure that he wouldn’t be driving to Toronto for a hearing, instead he would be driving to NYC.

  5. pastabelly - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Saw it between innings. Agree he doesn’t belong in the league. He can’t play. He’s only there to injure other players.

  6. sjsharks66 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    But lets focus on taking fighting out of the game, right? How many concussions from head shots and cheap hits this season compared to fights? The NHL is ass backwards at the moment.

    • onearmdragon - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Thing is that Scott is of the old school crazy goon sort at 6’8″

      There are few superheavweights anymore, and Scott maybe the king. Boston’s fighter is Thornton 6’2″, and way more useful a player on that 4th energy line.

      I love non goon pissed of fighting. But get these goons, and staged WWF style slap fights out of here.

    • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:50 AM

      Fighting is over 43 times more likely to result in a man-game lost to a concussion than a legal hit is.

      • drewsylvania - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Unsourced allegations are unsourced.

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        A study by the NHL’s Hockey Operations department, released April/2011, looked at concussions in the league over the past two seasons. Here are some stats that many have been asking for;

        Fighting is over 43 times more likely to result in a man-game lost to a concussion than a legal hit is.

        The numbers show that only 56 concussions were caused by close to 56,000 hockey hits. This means the chances of suffering head trauma from a standard hit is approximately one-tenth of one percent. Pretty good odds. There were 10 concussions from 544 hockey fights which means 1.88% of fights resulted in the specific head injury. Still sounds pretty small but statistically it means that you are almost 19 times more likely to be concussed by dropping the gloves versus simply playing the game.

      • bennywuh - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        Hey joey4id – you leaving that comment in every post about this hit? try something different scott lover

      • ibieiniid - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        yeah but teams don’t fight 30 times a game. if you’re going on percentages, you’re right…. but just look at the base numbers and it tells a more complete story. 56 concussions from head shots, 10 from fighting.

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        ibieiniid,fair point. One can look at it from that perspective. The numbers and science doesn’t lie though. The end result of a punch to the head is a potential concussion. The question we need to ask ourselves is; why doesn’t the NHL, who has committed to protect the players from concussions by handing out suspensions for head shots, toe the line when it comes to fighting? There have been players who had to end their careers because they sustained a concussion from fighting. Ex: it would not be good for the NHL if Crosby were to drop the gloves again and get a concussion. A potentially career ending concussion. The sad part is that it could happen to any player. That being said, losing a hockey career on account of a concussion is just the tip of the iceberg. After that comes the uncertainty of the consequences that will affect the rest of their lives.

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Concussion causes temporary loss of brain function leading to cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms, such as confusion, vomiting, headache, nausea, depression, disturbed sleep, moodiness, and amnesia.

        However, even when the symptoms of a concussion appear to have gone, the brain is still not yet 100 percent normal, according to Dr. Maryse Lassonde, a neuropsychologist and the scientific director of the Quebec Nature and Technologies Granting Agency.

        Dr. Lassonde previously worked alongside members of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team who suffered from severe head trauma, undertaking research into the long-term effects it can have on athletes.

        A recent study was carried out comparing healthy athletes to those of the same age who suffered from a concussion 30 years ago. The results showed that those who experienced head trauma had symptoms similar to those of early Parkinson’s disease – as well as memory and attention deficits.

  7. charlieconway96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Scouting report on Scott said he’s got nice elbows…

  8. oreilly24 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Better be a 10 game Shannaban

    • ibieiniid - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      i was thinking 20+

      • jaybaileys - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Matt Cooke got 17 for the hit against the Rangers. It needs to be at least 20.

  9. dial1911 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Rolston deserves sanctions here as well. Down by two mid-third and he puts Scott on the ice? Punish the offender, coaching staff, and the team in these cases and I’ll bet you see these hits dwindle; either due to better coaching or the removal of turds like Scott from the game.

  10. travishenryskid - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    100% dirty hit.

    But NBC is shameful for this coverage. On one hand, the glorify the Lucic hit on Miller (which was a dirtier play) and on the other hand, they dedicate 15 minutes to how dirty this hit is. If you are going to do it, call it without bias.

    • sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      1) no way was Lucic’s interference on Miller a dirtier play; 2) I got the impression they weren’t glorifying it, only showing the history between the two teams (just like they showed some 70s footage too).

      • travishenryskid - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        It must be fun being a Boston fan.

      • sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Sure is.

      • teramarus - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        You are nuts if you actually believe that. Lucic’s hit was 100% intent to take out a division opponents star goaltender and probably cost the Sabres a playoff spot that year. If Scott is an inch or two shorter he’s not even near the head. Scott was reckless given the height difference there, and I’m not even convinced the head was the principal point of contact, as it looks like he strikes the chest first. He’s guilty of being tall.

        Also, he has never been suspended before, so anything above 5 games for a first suspension would be just about unheard of.

        Your boy Lucic, however, has been suspended…what, twice? Which is very difficult, considering how long Campbell protected the Bruins.

      • sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        Just keep believing what you want, and so will I.

      • drewsylvania - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Hey teramarus…how’s the search for OJ’s “real killers” going?

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:28 AM


        Yes, Lucic in the split second he had while going after the puck had enough time to stop, and think, “ok, if I hit him I’ll take out a division opponent, and hurt someone all at once!”. He didn’t even have time to stop, never mind deliberately try to hurt him. Miller put himself at risk with a guy that is known to be like a train coming down the tracks behind the net. It happened. He never would want to end a career. He doesn’t exist on a team just to fight for three minutes and sit on the bench. He’s as nice as can be off the ice. I’m not exactly sure a guy with as many charities as Lucic is in the business of ending careers.

        That whole Miller play was over exaggerated to create a way to bring unity into that team. Why did no one rush Lucic immediately after? Because I honestly believe the Sabres on the ice thought Miller put himself in as much risk sliding after the puck as Lucic. I’m sure they’d never admit to it now, but with a gun to their head I truly believe they’re first thought was “what was he thinking…”. Of course it was turned into something bigger by fans and media and they had no choice but to act like they were in the wrong for not going after him.

      • hockey412 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        He’s right, sabatimus, on one hand Scott’s hit was as dirty and cheap as anything I’ve ever seen – on the other, there are a number of Boston fans being extremely hypocritical right now. No shocker there.

      • vwmaddogxx - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        You are a joke sabatimus!!!! Wake up to reality and stop living in fantasyland!

    • arcuri1427 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      agreed. very unprofessional calling out the organization as well as john scott. play on miller was much much worse. Mike Millbury has no room to talk with his history of youth hockey incidednts

      • theskinsman - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        If Milller leaves the crease again,I hope he gets nailed again. He stays in the crease, he gets protected. He wants to pretend he’s a regular player (hell, the rest of Buffalo’s’ roster does) no comparison, unless rooting for a team and organization as bad as Buffalo destroys any brain tissue the fans used to have. Scott can’t even play the game. Either he gets a long suspension, or the Sabres get payback in ways they won’t appreciate. One way or another, this debt gets paid.

    • btnavyhmdiver - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Buffalo fan here: totally agree. One hit (Lucic-MIller) is the reason for the televised rivalry, the other hit (tonight) “has no place in the league”. what a bunch of hypocrites!!!

      • matt14gg - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        What rivalry? The nail believes it has a rivalry with the hammer too. Which one would you rather be?

    • dude518 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      I totally agree!! Milbury calls for the firin of the Buffalo coach. I say fire Milbury for he comments in the pregame. I can’t believe NBS Sport has this guy on their network. His attitude/comments towards Buffalo in the pregame is dispicable. This is a national network and should be unbias. I thought I was listening to Boston’s home broadcaster. It’s also ironic that in the pregame they bash John Scott(who I don’t care for) for being a goon, but praise San Jose for picking up a fighter(goon) for their team. And btw this isn’t the first time Milbury’s comments were like this either.

      • cantphaseme - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Milbury is a scumbag and a cheap shot artist himself who assaults 12 year old boys (Check it out) Dude probably got his ass handed to him by Rob Ray and hates everything Buffalo because of it.

    • vwmaddogxx - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      EXACTLY!!! They should get a different analyst to work the studio and give Milbury the night off when the Bruins are involved since he works their TV or radio coverage when not doing his NBC gig. He is a wannabe Don Cherry and to listen to him go on and on and on about Scott last night when you look at the players that Boston throws out there on a nightly basis was a joke and THAT my friends was truly what was “Bush League” in the case of NBC.

      Where was the suspension and ranting and raving when Lucic DRILLED Miller who oh by the way is a goaltender and he never got suspended. This kid skated across the middle with his head down. How much smaller is this kid than Scott?

      I was at the game last night and in true Chara form he started jawing at Scott when Scott was in the penalty box but yet has never had the guts to challenge him any of the number of times he could have. Of course your beloved Chara will fight smaller guys but has never once fought a guy his size.

      • lordstanley65 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        There are no guys his size.

  11. drunknbflo - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Haha. This dude knocks a bruin out everytime he plays them. They might wanna start keeping their heads up when they play the sabres. Whos next, lucic? Chara? Thorton again? Haha john scott u are a beast!

    • dilligaf101 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      Agree!! Try running their goalie again, maybe that can take out two cheap bruins next game! :)

  12. sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Why was Scott out there at that point anyway? Down by two goals. He’s scored ONE GOAL in 186 career games.

    Scott’s out there send a message or injure somebody. Period. I agree with Milbury’s assessment: Darcy Regier should can Ron Rolston’s sorry ass.

    • oreilly24 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      100% correct. I could see him being thrown in there if Rolston felt the B’s were taking liberties, but at the point in the game, the B’s were only credited with 1/3 of the hits the Sabres were.

  13. jimw81 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    who is John Scott? bush league. he must of learned it from kaletta.

  14. hosewater2 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Isn’t it time to break the 10 game ceiling on suspensions? This would be the one, Shanny!

  15. frencha2384 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Milbury said it best Scott should be fired he wouldn’t be in the league if he didn’t fight and hurt people. If I could skate I guess I could be in the nhl cause I can fight and hurt people too

  16. bagjr387 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    The guy is such a waste of space on the roster…I agree with the NBC guys on this, dump Rolston tomorrow…please…The team has no chemistry or motivation…Why is it that the most consistent effort comes from guys that are 18-19 years old??? The captains we have are not captains…

  17. frencha2384 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    @drunknbflo your a joke ur team has one win and are more of a joke than my beloved bills. Who ever thought that would happen. People like u should be castrated so the world will be better someday

  18. arcuri1427 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    NBC should be ashamed of themselves. Mike Millbery is very unprofessional and their slander of the team as well as scott is uncalled for. While the hit was not clean by any means, it didnt deserve the whole post game show to call out the organization. What ever happened to having your head up and since when is finishing checks now late hits. The shear size difference of scott makes the hit look a lot worse, even tho it was head contact and erickson was in a vulnerable position. Forget about LUCIC ON MILLER? How much came of that??? That play resulted in a concusion of ryan miller. Lucic almost as big as scott piledriving a goalie? Thats no biggie tho right? Oh and can you guess that Milberry is a homer to Boston… thats not obvious or anything. While these hits should be removed from the game, their is no excuse for that sensationalism. Teach kids what Scott actually did wrong and what he could have done instead rather than just talking badly about the player and the organization. Did we forget about rebuilding periods. Things are bad yes but they are no different than that of the islanders a few years ago for example. Poor excuse for a sports network …

    • sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Wow, um, where to start…

    • oreilly24 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Assuming that you, like most of us posting here, are a homer. However, the above post is the most amazing piece of delusional thinking I’ve seen this side of Habsman. Congrats.

    • drewsylvania - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Wow, you must be a fan of the Buffalo Sabrhahahahahaha(gasp)(choke)(gasp)

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Yes, Milbury’s a completely insufferable douche. No, that doesn’t excuse the hit. Yes, he was right in calling out the Sabres organization. Yes, I want to punch myself for calling Mike Milbury “right” on anything.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      I’d call you a moron but it’s blatant to everyone when you compare a serial injurer to a legal hit

      • arcuri1427 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Scott has no prior suspension history, yes he isn’t skilled and probably doesn’t belong in the league, but if he was playing for Chicago and made this play it would have been the same procedure by the NHL. However playing for Buffalo, the NBCsports crew decides to slander the whole organization. That in my opinion is very unprofessional and they have no business going about it in that way. It was almost theatrical how they they played it out, especially since there have been much worse hits this yea(especially along the boards) that haven’t gotten nearly as much attention. Yes the hit was dirty and uncalled for. Im simply saying the manner in which it was broad cast was far from necessary or tasteful and the network should be embarrassed

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        It’s not slander if it’s true.

      • shaundre93 - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        For real, what did mike say that was untrue? That organization is in shambles and is an embarrassment to the NHL

  19. jeff4467 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Milbury should look at his on ice antics and some many of the players that he played with and gushes over… if Scott played for Boston, like Milbury did, and he hit Vanek with an open ice hit like that he might have dedicated 30 seconds to it rather than the 15 minutes and counting he currently is. I played the game for more than 20 years and hits like that were part of the game… it taught you real quick to keep your head up or wind up on your ass. Hockey is a full contact sport, always has been, if you don’t like it go watch figure skating. You don’t think players like Tiger Williams, Dave Schultz, Rob Ray, and many so more like them knew what their roles were. Milbury, why don’t you grow a set and look back through some of your career and honestly say that you never delivered a hit to send a message. I want more old school hockey,,, the way that it was meant to be… the days of the Gordie Howe hat trick.

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      There’s a difference between fighting and goonery. This was a cheap shot, not a fight, and since when has John Scott (or anyone like him, for that matter) been a threat to get a Gordie Howe hat trick? Fighting is fine and dandy, but these head shots need stricter punishments.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      This was never acceptable at any time during hockey. It’s great to watch stuff like this in Slapshot but it has no place in the game and never has.

  20. albanytinman - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    NBC fails to realize that the reason Scott is on the Sabres to begin with was the cheap shot Lucic took on Miller (No penalty by the league). That rant by Milbury was unprofessional and unwarranted, no wonder you’re an analyst and not a coach anymore. If the Bruins and the NHL didn’t want this level of cheap shot hockey to be played they shouldn’t have instigated it (Bruins) and condoned it (Shanahan and the NHL).

    • drewsylvania - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      What a crock of @#*@.

    • shaundre93 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      How can you say the bruins instigated it? Lucic/Miller was old news. They settled the score, lucic fought. In my opinion, if Miller doesn’t wanna get hit, don’t play the puck! Its not like looch went out of his way to hit him, he simply didn’t stop. Most people realize this, except for thick headed sabres fans. This isn’t about the bruins, this shouldn’t be about milbury. This should be about the WORST player by far in the NHL, who is employed only to injure. He needs to be gone before something worse happens

  21. drewsylvania - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Sabres fans take to teh interwebz to engage in homeristic schadenfreude because that’s the only “good” thing they can find in their season.

  22. oreilly24 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I love the buffalo fans defending a blatant and dangerous cheap shot by pointing to a cheap shot by a Bruin from a previous season. Real sound reasoning there guys (this is sarcasm. I am pointing this out, because I am unsure of the comprehension skills of some of you). The reality is there is no reason to defend this guy other than he wears the laundry of the team you like. The guy has no hockey skills, is only employed to fight, and took a cheap head shot at an opponent tonight. Instead of just blindly sticking up for this guy, you should ask some questions…..Why is a guy with one career goal on the ice in the 3rd period of a game you are losing in?

    • btnavyhmdiver - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      Was your question rhetorical? Maybe you should out it in parentheses to tell us all what you mean….
      Because you are so busy trying to be smarter than the rest of us idiots that you forgot about how Ryan Miller got knocked the f*** out by MIlan Lucic.

      In case you didn’t know, put this one in your logbook, braniac: It’s called revenge.

      Quit sucking your thumb and enjoy the playoffs. Us Sabres fans will be cleaning up the basement for the first round draft picks next year ….And in the meantime nailing Boston’s a** every chance we get. Watch the f*** out!!!

      • dueman - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

        @btnavyhmdiver – I’ll give you kudos for admitting that you’re an idiot, but that’s all that your post says in it’s entirety!

  23. shaundre93 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    It kills me how many people wanna compare bad hits between the bruins and sabres and others. This isn’t about the bruins at all. This is about a player who is worse than 90% of CHL players, who’s sole purpose in the NHL is to hurt people. Its bush league. And maybe the NBC crew wouldn’t have gone off their hinges if it wasn’t the second time this season that rolston put this plug on the ice to target other teams best players. John Scott is everything that the NHL wants to rid itself of. If any other player, even Steve Ott, lands that hit, not a story. Just another iffy hit. Buffalo is a laughing stock right now, and the NHL better come down hard or else who knows when the sabres and Scott will pull this again. What if Crosby or stamkos or ovechkin are his next target? Get this guy outta the league before its too late, and hold the entire organization accountable to prevent this from happening again

  24. amityvillefun - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    So, from what I am seeing here from Sabres fans is that Scott’s cheap shot was acceptable.

    Miller was not hurt on the bump from Lucic when he CAME OUT OF THE CREASE to play the puck. If you come out that far, you should be fair game. Lucic could have crushed him, but instead he just bumped him. The goalie was practically out at the face-off dot!

    If Lucic had wanted to hurt Miller on that play, he could have. He only really hurt Miller’s pride.

    Scott leveled his elbow at Eriksson’s head and it was a clear attempt to injure. So I guess that means it’s completely OK for Chara to Vanek’s head, right?

    I used to sorta like the Sabres back when Mogilny played. This current batch of losers and their coach is a disgrace to the logo.

    • brianreader - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Yes, it was just a “bump” as the puck is already cleared by Miller and Lucic follows through with his hit. Get real.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:32 AM

        Are you kidding?! It was split second timing. A man that is known as a train running off the tracks literally was skating as fast as he could after a puck for a breakaway and Miller last second slid up to the blueline. You make it sound like there was seconds between! There was a split second. If anything Lucic put his hands up to block his face from a goalie sliding towards him at full speed. The larger man won out. It was risk on both parts. Stop drinking the coolaid.

    • Dan - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      “If Lucic had wanted to hurt Miller on that play, he could have. He only really hurt Miller’s pride.”

      He concussed him. Nice try tho.

      • matt14gg - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Actually no, Miller was never clinically diagnosed with a concussion and later on said he believed what he actually had was a neck injury. BTW, there’s not a single person on here that knows what the hell they’re talking about when it comes to concussions, and more often than not when a team claims a player has a concussion it is talking out its collective ass. Most diagnoses take a few days to a week to make and when you hear, just minutes or hours after the injury, that it’s a “concussion” it’s from some front office clown with NO MEDICAL TRAINING.

  25. amityvillefun - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    So, from what I am seeing here from Sabres fans is that Scott’s cheap shot was acceptable.

    Miller was not hurt on the bump from Lucic when he CAME OUT OF THE CREASE to play the puck. If you come out that far, you should be fair game. Lucic could have crushed him, but instead he just bumped him. The goalie was practically out at the face-off dot!

    If Lucic had wanted to hurt Miller on that play, he could have. He only really hurt Miller’s pride.

    Scott leveled his elbow at Eriksson’s head and it was a clear attempt to injure. So I guess that means it’s completely OK for Chara to target Vanek’s head next game, right?

    I used to sorta like the Sabres back when Mogilny played. This current batch of losers and their coach is a disgrace to the logo.

    • btnavyhmdiver - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      I didn’t see the hit as a cheap shot. It was hard, yeah. But late, no. Questionably aimed at the head. The only reason it’s getting so much attention is because it came from a goon. Big deal. It’s hockey.

      Boston should be expecting revenge until MIller leaves the team. That’s the way “rivalries” work. Hate dies hard. If you don’t like it, there’s plenty of soccer on TV.

  26. ntvd7 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I know this thread is directed at Scott…

    But can we give it up for Adam McQuaid? He stepped up and fought a monster


  27. numbcracker2109 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Listen, it was a bad hit, and Scott will get a lengthy suspension for it, but I really dot think he meant to do that. Why, you ask? Because this is a fringe NHL player, and this is the kind of hit that could be his ticket out of the league. The coach put him out there to send a message and he tried, but he’s just bad at it. He is way too big and lumbering. This isn’t an excuse, he did the crime and should pay but I didn’t see he malice that a lot of other people have seen, and just because he’s a goon doesn’t make the hit better or worse for me. The Sabres just picked the wrong enforcer, you never heard this stuff about Boogaard and he was the same size.

    One other thing: Ryan Miller is a goalie. He was wearing big giant goalie equipment when Lucic hit him. That’s a little different than John Scott drilling you in the chin.

    Big ol’ goalie pads.

    • mmeyer27 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Miller didn’t get hit in his ‘big ol’ goalie pads’. He got hit in the head.

  28. withseidelinn - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Give this guy his pension so he doesn’t cause a fuss and just toss him out of the league. He does ABSOLUTELY ZERO for the game of hockey, and there is not a single valid argument against that. Might as well fire the coach as well, he clearly can’t get anything out of his team except the ability to throw cheap shots. He’s making the organization look like a joke. I feel for the fans.

  29. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Everyone but delusional Bruins fans are well aware that the Lucic hit on Miller was scummy and pathetic, but that was also 2 years ago. It doesn’t give the Sabres a hall pass to “even the score” for every game going forward, not to mention the fact that Eriksson wasn’t even a member of the Bruins when that went down anyways. At some point the ridiculous cheap shots need to end, and if you MUST make a statement than do it in a fight like a man.

    Oh wait, Scott will just go find the smallest guy he can because he’s an ogre on skates.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      The Lucic hit was scummy but it wasn’t dirty and was nowhere to this level.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:39 AM

        I seriously must of been watching a sped up video of the Lucic/Miller hit than everyone else, because I see a guy skating as fast as he can, and a goalie rushing towards a runaway truck at the last second. How he could of gotten out of the way in that split second when he was never expecting a goalie to rush out anyways? I don’t see a guy trying to do anything ridiculous there. Granted it was a loud hit.. but come on.. I guarantee there was no malice in his mind while it happened. It was just all too fast.. Everything else has been perpetuated by the media and blown out of control.

  30. President Charles Logan - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    wow hockey fans these days are worse whiners then soccer moms

  31. btnavyhmdiver - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    HA HA HA!!!! Bruins are pissed because one of their players got concussed on a play that was QUESTIONABLY flagrant. If Jarome Iginla had thrown that hit, it would have been interpreted completely differently…..or say MILAN LUCIC did? Oh, which he did last year to Ryan Miller, right?

    SO, the Sabres get some revenge on the Bruins for being such a**holes last year. Good for them. And then NBCSports plays “wednesday night rivalry” and Milbury is shocked when Scott is out there making the Bruins pay….they are rivals for a reason, and if you ignore the fact that they are rivals, then Scott’s hit makes no sense. When put into the context of MIlan Lucic=Ryan MIller Concussion=NBC wants to make them rivals= John Scott makes the Bruins pay.

    Yes, the Sabres suck. But, I fondly remember a time when the Bruins were getting manhandled in 06/07 by Briere and Drury. We had a five goal comeback late in the game. We’ll be contending soon. Be patient. And watch out Boston. Buffalo ain’t putting up with your shenaningans anymore, regardless of what the idiots at NBC Sports have to say.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      You do know that hit happened two years ago and was a legal check right? It’s a dbag move by Lucic but it has nothing to do with tonight.

      I’m not sure why beating a team in the regular season seven years is an accomplishment but I guess when you live in one of the US’s sh itholes that’s all you have to brag about.

      • btnavyhmdiver - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        I disagree with you that it had Lucic’s hit had ‘nothing to do with tonight”. Boston wants it to have nothing to do with any of the games anymore, because the Sabres are bigger than they are. But the Sabres got John Scott and Steve Ott for a reason. One of those reasons is nights like tonight.

        I laughed at MIke Milbury, and the hypocrisy of Boston fans as they tried to villify a situation they helped to create by running Ryan MIller and playing dirty. Can’t take the fire? Get out the kitchen!

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:10 AM

        Well it’s a stupid way to run a franchise.

        Your team isn’t tough and doesn’t know how to win. What makes it worse is that you have a guy in net who should be a top three goalie in the league but isn’t because his team sucks. You have wasted an incredible opportunity at deep playoff runs because your GM has the misguided mindset that running out the Syracuse Bulldogs will take him to the Cup because he saw it in the movies 25 years ago.

        Keep complaining and building a roster around a legal but dbag hit from two years ago and you’ll continue to be the team that every back-up goalie knows they’ll get the start against.

  32. numbcracker2109 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    If you say “not putting up with your shenanigans” you must mean “not putting up with your shenanigans by being the worst team in the league and by trading away our two best players and firing our coach and gm by seasons end”…. Right?

    I didn’t expect Buffalo fans to come out acting quite so badass after John Scott knocks out Loui Eriksson, of all people. First Kessel now Eriksson, dudes on an absolute tear.

    Who’s next? Thornton? Chara? Lucic?

    Nah, he has unfinished business with Torey Krug first.

    • btnavyhmdiver - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      eh. it’s a rebuilding year. Boston did it, Chicago did it. Part of professional sports. At least I can enjoy the fact that my team stands up for each other. So, quit being such a whiner and go jump on another hockey team’s bandwagon.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

        Your team doesn’t stand up for each other and sucking for 15 years goes so far past rebuilding that to compare your awful team to Chicago or Boston is ridiculous.

        No one who actually likes the game of hockey wants players like Scott anywhere near the game and to act like you enjoy watching his 1:25 of ice time is despicable.

  33. btnavyhmdiver - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    i’ll just call it a difference of opinion. how’s that….

    and yes, the sabres have sucked for some time now. I guess you can see how important loyalty is to me then, and why I enjoy John Scott reeking havoc on all the teams that used to push the sabres around.

    that should be no reason to insult intelligence and point out the obvious.

  34. leafs2013 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Everyone’s giving Scott a hard time but I was taught as a player to keep my head up! Ericsson did a little tow drag with his head down, then decided to dump it in. Just dump it in! Don’t think it was a late hit or an elbow. Pierre DB McGuire is an idiot and it allwayslooks late in slow mo! Probably the all time best hitter in the history of the game would not be allowed to play in today’s NHL. I think there has to be more responsibility on the player with the puck or the teammate that passed the puck up his own players butt.

  35. sillysporty - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Mil bury should shut his damn mouth he wasn’t an angel when he played he’s a bum pure asshole and should shut up and get his mouth off the bruins groin when other tough guys out there do something like that they say it’s just a tough game …go screw your selves

  36. sillysporty - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Barry melrose got it right…what comes around goes around

  37. jsalvat1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    First off, unless you are commentating for a specific team keep your thoughts to yourself. Your job is to be neutral…
    Secondly, John Scott did what he is paid to do, go out there and serve justice..
    Finally, if all you do gooders get your way, the NHL will have the players wearing tutu’s and doing spins on center ice… I watch hockey for the action, and if that means a good fight, or a player gets checked by a “GOON” then so beit.. This country is turning into a bunch of crybabies…
    OH!! as for Rolston, FIRE his ASS, and replace him with Rob Ray…

    • basedrum777 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Wow you’re an idiot. What justice did that kid deserve to be served? what did he do to deserve “justice”? You’re exactly the type of fan that hockey DOESN’T need anymore. Go watch MMA if you want blood neanderthal.

    • mileycyborg - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      “Justice”. Right, because Loui Eriksson sure perpetrated some monstrous injustice toward the Sabres, with is.. you know.. almost.. scoring a couple of goals… almost… or something.

      You, sir, are an idiot, and I pray you have not and will not ever choose to reproduce.

  38. psousa1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I hope Lucic next hit on Ryan Miller straightens his eyes out.

  39. sanclementejedi - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Why are folks calling this a rivalry? Wouldn’t the Sabers have to be at least good for a rivalry to exist? Sabers Stanley Cup Championships = 0.

  40. scalfor3 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    There’s room for fighting in hockey. There’s no room for this crap.

  41. basedrum777 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I hate the bruins mightily but this guy shouldn’t play again this season. That’s exactly EXACTLY the type of hit the NHL is trying to ban. Its the hit Matt Cooke laid on a Bruin a few years ago that basically ended his career except now its illegal.

  42. mileycyborg - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    John Scott is what he is. He is player who can fight, hit, and… nothing else. Forget the lack of points, even simply skating from one end of the ice to the other seems like an ordeal at times. That said, I don’t place the blame for this on him. I place it on the General Manager and the Coach who choose to employ someone that can bring literally nothing else to their game.
    Scott is there to earn a paycheck, and his job is to do what is asked of him. Ethically objectionable or not, he is there to do what his coach tells him. The blame for this does not fall on the tool that was utilized, but the person wielding said tool. That organization has reached new lows, and I would be disgusted by my team if I was a Sabres fan.
    I can only hope that the Sabres fans I’ve seen since the hit do not represent the quieter majority of the fanbase in their celebration of a hit that caused potentially significant damage to another player.
    I’ve always hated the constant overuse of the words “Class” and “Classless” in hockey discussions, but really, for a fanbase to justify a sickening, predatory hit on the grounds that there was another hit they disagree with two seasons ago (Lucic vs Miller)… Classless is probably about the nicest word I could use to describe it.

  43. keepyerstickontheice - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I liked watching Lucic break his stick after giving up two goals in 20 seconds to lose the Stanley Cup.

  44. flyerguy73 - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    NO talent P.O.S! All you idiot sabres fan probably thought it was legal. Buffalo, and guys like Scott blow!

  45. sillysporty - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Figures a flyer fan added his 1 cent that’s all your worth and u should b talking about bullies? You must be too young to remember the 70 and 80 !turn your lights out and go to bed jackass

    • lordstanley65 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      At least he doesn’t type like Prince and the Revolution.

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