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Loui Eriksson staying overnight in Buffalo for ‘precautionary reasons’

Oct 24, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins got the win Wednesday, but it could come with a price.

Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson was on the receiving end of an ugly hit to the head by Buffalo Sabres’ John Scott in the third period, and had to leave the game due to injury.

Scott received a major penalty for charging. There has been no update on the kind of injury Eriksson suffered, although he did leave the game and did not return.

“Obviously if he didn’t come back it’s serious enough. We’ll probably find out more, right now we’re giving trainers space,” said Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien of Eriksson’s condition following the game.

“Loui is staying overnight in Buffalo for precautionary reasons. He is expected to return to Boston on Thursday,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in a statement issued by the club.

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid jumped in to fight Scott, with the two landing a few punches before hitting the ice. McQuaid was assessed an instigator minor as well as a misconduct for coming to the defense of his teammate.

“Just reaction on a play like that…you don’t want to see guys get hit like that,” said McQuaid, as per the Bruins official Twitter account.

  1. shamu1the1whale - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    This sucks for the B’s. New team, great player, things were clicking. That was a brutal, awful hit. I really hope Loui is ok…

    • bekay19 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Ron Rolston needs to be held accountable. down 2 goals with ten minutes left and you throw out the biggest goon in the league. Absolute bush league move from a pathetic franchise.

      • bekay19 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        PS.. the fact they played Johnny Cash “Big Bad John” in the arena after the hit proves my point even further.

  2. titansbro - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Until teams are penalized for utilizing these no talent goons like Scott then these plays will continue to happen. As Claude said, he did his job. That’s the only he’s even in an NHL team.

    • hockey412 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      I agree and disagree…Buffalo (at least the coach) was fined earlier this year, so the teams ARE penalized. But it also opens an odd door. Lucic has a lot of goon in him like Scott, but also has the ability to be an all-star caliber player, when he’s not trying to be a bad-as……so when he takes a run at a goalie, is THAT team penalized? Or are they exempt because the guy has talent too? and how exactly are the penalized? Outside of the penalty and two points lost. It’s a weird precedent.

      • hockey412 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Also for the record – horrible hit, senseless. Hope he’s ok, he’s a great player. Gut reaction is to say “the rules should be changed”, but sometimes we forget the process is already there. They BROKE the rules, and already has a hearing. There’s nothing more for the league to do.

      • scalfor3 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        hockey412: They are exempt because there’s actually a conceivable, hockey-related purpose to putting Lucic on the ice. Guys who bring nothing to the table but goonery have no place in the league now. Rolston knew what he was doing putting that ogre out there.

  3. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    It won’t happen but I’d love it if Shanahan made an example out of useless goons like John Scott.

    Give Scott a life time ban… the other useless goons and cheap shot artists around the NHL would take notice… If your next dirty hit means you could lose your NHL career in disgrace, you’ll think twice before doing anything this stupid. It’s obvious the 5-10 game slaps on the wrists Shanny’s been handing out aren’t doing anything to deter these kinds of hits.

  4. nhstateline - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    I don’t care whose player it is getting hit that way, I don’t want to watch it and am happy the league is cracking down on it. Physical play is part of the game but this was a deliberate head shot against a defenseless opponent. That’s not physical play and I would feel the same way if one of the Bruins did it. I don’t want to watch it, it adds no value to the game. I particularly don’t want these guys to end up cte twenty years from now. Years ago, nobody knew what concussions and head trauma did long term and now we do meaning it is reasonable to take precautions. As for the Lucic comparison the Buffalo people are making: Lucic was suspended for the hit on MIller and if the Sabres have a problem with him then send Scott after him not Thorton and particularly not Loui Erikkson. That’s really gutless. If the Sabres want to settle a score with Lucic then ask him. I’m sure he’d be up for that. But of course, if I’m John Scott, I’m not liking my chances with him or Chara. That’s the other reason why this should be dealt with harshly. There are guys on the Bruins who have the same skills Scott does and aren’t shrinking violets. But neither he nor the Sabres want any part of them. Better to deal with a size mismatch with Shawn Thornton or pick on the defenseless than mess with Lucic or Chara. That would require courage.

    • scalfor3 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      What’s funny is if any of Buffalo’s players two years ago had shown the balls McQuaid did and gone after Lucic when that hit happened, we wouldn’t still be talking about it.

  5. nhstateline - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Also I see this kind of thing as really different from normal hockey fights because 1) the speed is much faster, 2) the person on the receiving end is defenseless (for all the complaints about the Miller hit, he saw Lucic coming. Erikkson didn’t see Scott. Meaning Miller could have defended himself and didn’t but Erikkson couldn’t. Either way, suspending Lucic was the right call), 3) how many clean shots that have a lot of impact are there in the average hockey fight ? A lot of these punches are either glancing or the fight is more like wrestling. The most dangerous thing about it is when the players fall to the ice usually. This was straight on and fast. Personally, the NHL could ban fighting today for all I care as long as they actually enforce all the rules but I get the other side of the argument and the uses it has in policing the game. I think shots like this one are a lot different from the garden variety hockey fight.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Insult to the injury here is having to spend another night in Buffalo. Ouch.

    • sabrekarl - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      spoken like someone who has never been. I can see why someone wouldn’t want to live in an area that has some of the best fishing and hunting around. Four seasons of beauty. Winter and summer activities, no traffic, and less crime. Yes please live in Chicago.

      • bildomac07 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Took many trips to Buffalo for hockey growing up and into college… It ain’t no prize… The phrase grey slush comes to mind. I can however feel for Buffalo sports fans, when the better alternative of the two franchises is the Buffalo Bills you can’t help but feel for the poor Buffalo fans. Hoping they just blow the franchise up top to bottom and rebuild it from scratch because as of now it’s a total mess.

      • dropthepuckeh - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Looks like Kaleta and Scott will have ample time to enjoy the fall foliage….

  7. 950003cups - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Keep your head up prick!

    • pxland - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Keep the tasteful comments coming douche!

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