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Report: John Scott has in-person hearing for hit to head of Loui Eriksson

Oct 24, 2013, 12:28 AM EST

It appears Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott will be facing a lengthy suspension.

Scott was given a major penalty for charging in the third period of Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins, after he caught Loui Eriksson with a vicious open-ice hit to the head.

Eriksson left the game and did not return, however there has not been an official update on his condition.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Scott is facing an in-person hearing with the NHL. This means the suspension could exceed five games.

“He did his job,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said of Scott, as per the Buffalo News. “He’s there to do two things: to fight and to hurt. He did both of those things.”

Scott was not made available for media following the game, which the Sabres lost 5-2. He has been suspended indefinitely pending his hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

“I’m not going to comment on it,” said Sabres head coach Ron Rolston, according to a tweet from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

The 31-year-old Scott, who stands six-foot-eight-inches tall and 258 pounds, doesn’t have any points in seven games. He’s also been averaging only 4:57 of ice time per game.

  1. northstarnic - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Here we go. For the pro-fighting crowd, this is what you asked for. In a league that gives tacit approval/enables fighting, you wind up with goons like John Scott. His job is to injure and fight. Mission accomplished. Adds a lot to the game, doesn’t it?

    • mcphillthy - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      Not all fighters are cheap shot takers so take your vagina views to another place. This has nothing to do with fighting. At all. This is about q dirty cheap shot being thrown and this is Shanahan’s chance to make an example of what happened when guys take dirty shots. This is EXACTLY what the league wants to get rid of so Shanahan better handle this how he has preached. I hope loui is ok and this kind of hit is unacceptable. I can’t believe you involved this hit and fighting into the same concept. You wretched vagina.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        Let’s ease up on the vagina bashing, some of us like them.

      • buddysguys - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:09 AM

        I wish i could like this a million times. Thats Gold Jerry!!! Gold!!!!

      • patthehockeyfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        I didn’t thumbs-down your comment, mcphillthy, because I agree with nearly everything you wrote. NEARLY everything. I’m a girl (who happens to love hockey). Please see hockeyflow33′s remark below (1:57 a.m.). That one did get a thumbs up from me.

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

        My apologies to all the non wretched vaginas out there…

      • patthehockeyfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Ah, mcfilthy! So close! :(

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      Nope, not true at all. You don’t want idiots like this guy on your beer league team, let alone on a team you root for. Fighting will always, and should always, have a place in the game and this shouldn’t change that.

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:26 AM

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

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Interesting, I found that joey4id is 481,932 times more likely to post something irrelevant and stupid than the average user

      • sabrekarl - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Those types of guys are all you have in beer leagues.

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

        @joey4id – The stats are in on your comment, and it looks like 85 – 90% of voters still think that you are full of $hit! Everybody knows your feelings on fighting, and now it’s time to move on. The broken record syndrome is doing nothing to help your cause, but is in fact just making you look ridiculous. Just get over it already. Have a nice day though.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        joey never played a meaningful game of hockey in his life, he’s the same douche that claimed he had “insider sources” last year.

        Also, players make a choice to fight, not to take legal hits.
        And where is the link to your stats Joey?

        Joey is a massively needy and weird kid

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        I hope anyone giving joey4id’s comment a thumbs up has already passed math/statistics in school. If not… good luck with that.

        Those numbers are so flawed it’s ridiculous. You should be embarrassed even quoting numbers that far off from the actual truth.

        They’re using the total of clean/legal hits to skew the stats to hide the dirty hits… If fights were really 43x more likely to cause concussion there literally wouldn’t be a fighter left in the NHL, AHL or ECHL.

      • bowski84 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        joey4id
        you are comparing clean hits to fighting you don’t even make sense, compare illegal checks to fighting……..and yes its a man’s game sometimes guys get hurt…..jon scott is a dirty prick no use for him in the game… nothing better than a cup final seeing iginla and lecalvalier drop the gloves …….intense game not for the soft kind

    • matt14gg - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:15 AM

      You have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:24 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.

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        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.

        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.

      • sabrekarl - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        yet you have a 1/100% chance of getting into a fight as apposed to being hit. numbers mean nothing as you get hit more often then you get into a fight and only tough guys are the one usually doing the fighting. When was the last time you seen Crosby, Sedin brothers, Stamkos, or any other scorer in a fight.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Don’t bother replying to Joey on anything, he spent months here last year stealing online articles and passing them off as his “insider source info” only to get busted when people found the links to the story he cut and pasted.

        He’s just some wannabe looking for attention

    • slysipops - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:24 AM

      while i do understand both sides of these comments, we ALL have opinions! i think MIKE MILLBURY summed it up best in the post game show.in todays society INTEGRITY is at an all time low. this is proven by what some of these marginal players will do to keep a job. there were always guys who would run at the other teams players and they got dealt with from the opposing ” tough guy “.are the hits more viscious on purpose, or is it a factor of more speed in this days game? although it is obvious that SCOTT is no speed demon ,so blind-siding comes into the factor.maybe the league needs to start banning players involved in plays like this for life …maybe some coaches need to be dealt with also ?

      • buddysguys - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:12 AM

        Anything Milbury says about this subject and integrity is a joke. He once went into the stands and beat someone with a shoe!!!

      • sabrekarl - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Mike Milbary’s integrity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsEXqCXycRA

      • bomber2428 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Mke Milbury is a moron. He was a dirty player & one of the worst GM’s & coaches in the NHL. Destroyed the Islanders organization

      • bowski84 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        they got to get rid of instigator penalty and let these guys police it them selves a bit.. I mean a bit but it will get rid of the cheap shots ……….back in the day the guys took care of that stuff on there own and if you did throw a dirty hit you got the crapp beat out of you…..guys have no respect for each other and when there dirty there is nothing that happens….kick scott outta the league time to prove a point……some guys need to get back to respecting the game of hockey

    • leninthebuff - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:54 AM

      Hey Sally, this isn’t about fighting it is about a cheap shot to the head.

      • hockey412 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        His point is that everyone agrees Scott has no place in the league, but we’re also saying fighting has a place in the league. So there’s an obvious irony there. I like fighting as much as the next guy, but even a dim-wit like myself can see the point the guy is trying to make.

      • sabrekarl - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        I agree, lets put in a rule. All players in the NHL must be 5’10 give or take 2 inches. Anyone shorter or taller can’t play.

    • newenglandfather - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Wrong. These cheap shots happened more when fighting was banned, about a decade ago.

      Having skilled guys that can stick up for each other (fight when needed) prevents more cheap shots.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Fighting wasn’t banned a decade ago and by your dumb logic, Shanahan doesn’t need to suspend him and we should still see fewer hits like this since there was a fight that followed, right?

    • pepper2011 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      I couldn’t disagree more. This is what happens when you have bad owners and coaches in the league; they employ these goons. I honestly don’t think there is another team in the league that would put this guy on the ice night after night. The Bruins have Thornton, but he can play. I have no problem with him dropping the gloves with say Jared Boll. Those are two guys who can play, but can also fight. They provide protection, and energy for their teams.

      Iginla has gone with Gudas twice this year. I have no problem with that. They can both play and one guy’s sole job is not to hurt someone else. John Scott serves no other purpose. He is there to hurt. Nobody wants to fight him, because they don’t stand a chance. Myers is the same size, but nobody talks about him fighting cause he is a bean pole. I would love some team to sign someone like Jon Jones or Alistair Overem for a one day tryout when they play Buffalo; maybe send them after Cody Hodgson or Grigorenko – Rolston and co might get the hint then.

    • bosoxfanpeds - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Scott and Rolston should get 25 games each and the owner fined whatever Ericksson contract is worth….Plus next years first round draft choice…..That’s the only way I see things changing in any league that money is paid to players…..Hurt the owners…..is the only way to change to happen….Shanahan is a joke……while ratings get better and better for the league…..What a bunch of crap!!!!

  2. mrpinkca - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    5 Games. In my oppinion it should be more, but that seems to be the magic number for head hunters these days.

    Interesting that the magic number is 1 game under the appeals threshold…

  3. mrpinkca - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    5 Games. In my opinion it should be more, but that seems to be the magic number for head hunters these days.

    Interesting that the magic number is 1 game under the appeals threshold…

  4. pxland - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    10 games should work.

    But really this seems like an organization problem, Scott, Kaleta, Ott punching Kreci as soon as the linesman turned his head. This needs to be more than just a punishment for Scott. These clowns are going to hurt more players than they’ll have points in the standings this year.

    • hockey412 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      They have a lot of holes to fill and a lot of kids to protect while they rebuild. I don’t think anyone would feel bad for anyone on the Boston team getting punched while no one’s looking – Boston does that more than any team I’ve seen.

      • pxland - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Crack – It’s what’s for breakfast

    • Moop - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      The Sabres as an organization have become obsessed with being tough so as to not get “bullied” by teams such as the Bruins. Unfortunately, the tough guys they have don’t have much skill to bring to the team, and as a result the Sabres just look stupid for it.

  5. shutyourfivehole - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Dangerous and disgusting hit. What was scarier was that Milbury practically called it in the pre-game, talking about what a goon Scott is and that he has no place in the game. Hope Eriksson is going to be OK. Think Scott will get 20? He should.

  6. williplett - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I am very thankful that the Minnesota Wild walked away from this turd years ago-before he tried out the desperate Ogie Ogelthorpe act he is pulling in Buffalo. Truly pathetic.

  7. mcphillthy - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I hope he gets 20 and Shanahan makes an example of him so nobody else even thinks about throwing dirty hits again

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Seriously, how can Shanny not throw the book at this guy?

      • sporkov - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Shanny can throw the book at him all he wants but you know he won’t hit him because he is still punch drunk from his career. That is the only way to explain that Garbutt only got 5 games and Kaleta only 10.

    • pizzaman77 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Sabre fan here, but will 20 even make a statement? Scott’s the type of player that shouldn’t even play more than 20 games in a season..

  8. amityvillefun - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    The sad thing is that Bergeron and Eriksson were really starting to find a groove with Smith being bumped up to the top line.

    I sincerely hope that the Bruins are just biding their time on the payback for this one.

    Players like Cooke and Scott have no place in the NHL. All the do is ruin players that actually have talent.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      The payback is to just keep winning games.

      I think Cooke and Scott are completely different guys, one of them can actually play the game at a high level while the other honestly serves no purpose on a roster. I can’t see how wasting a spot on the bench helps your team, (and their record with him proves that).

    • sabrekarl - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      you forgot krejci in your list. Or was that Miller hit to long ago.

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

        It was Lucic you retard

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Have you ever watched a hockey game before?

  9. amityvillefun - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    *they

  10. beezskis - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Scott has no place in the game. Truly pathetic hit. Equally pathetic is Ron Rolston. Comment on it, Ron! This happened on YOUR watch. Vanek was suspended on YOUR watch. What a joke. But I guess at 1-9-1 we can expect to continue to hear nothing from Mr. Rolston.

    • beezskis - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Kaleta I mean.

    • sabatimus - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Hopefully we won’t hear from Rolston again after somebody in the Sabres front office wakes up and fires his sorry ass…and hopefully Regier’s too.

  11. theskinsman - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    That hit was cowardly. Typical,weak stuff from a zero skill ‘player’..

  12. canadianguest - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Imagine if Eriksson hadn’t lifted his head before the hit, he would have taken it on the temple instead of the chin.

  13. slysipops - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    the criminal element is not dealt severe enough punishment in society these days….why would the NHL think they should be different?

  14. leninthebuff - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    The NHL is becoming a joke, hits like this should be a season ban…that means 82 games. What about when a player who delivers a LEGAL thumping body check gets challenged or jumped…this is becoming the norm. I for one like a good scrap but the dirty hits have to stop. When will players in both the NHL and NFL have respect for one another.

  15. 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.

  16. timmons94 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    John Scott aka Trevor trailer trash Gilles needs banned for life. I don’t want to hear about past hits, that was pathetic. At some point, these guys have to have some regard for other players well being. Sickening. Sabres geek coach with cute glasses needs suspended. He was sent out for a reason. Hope your happy rolston.

    • sabrekarl - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      I agree and we should put governors on skating, no one can move faster then 5 miles an hour, and the puck needs to be made of nerf not galvanized rubber. And the glass should be padded.

    • bomber2428 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      timmons94,
      I have to disagree. I loved Trevor Gillies on the Isles. Remember that beating they handed the penguins after
      they cheap shotted the Isles & laughed it up after Dipetro got beat up…
      Gillies, Konopka, Martin & Haley ran them off the ice and won that next game 9-3.
      Did a good job but obivously could only play in those 20 games a year when needed against the tougher team.
      I agree there is no place for the high hits… that crap is usually done by the Euros…..shoulld give scott 5 games

  17. icrew29 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    These so called dirty players should not be taking all the blame. When the player goes in for his hearing he explains to the league he will be traded, sent down or benched if he does not follow the coaches directions. Time for the Governors to meet and end this crap. Fighting has nothing to do with this, for those of you who can remember Dave Schultz, he was a fighter and if memory serves me, never pulled any of this crap we see today. Let history dictate the future.

  18. sabatimus - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Yet another reason to kill the instigator rule. By the way, enough with the anti-women comments.

  19. sabatimus - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    I’m guessing 5 games…which is at least 4 times too few.

  20. budzo83 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Scott is the biggest waste of space, but the whole reason guys like him and Ott were acquired is because Lucic ran Miller. Because the Bruins so publically embarrassed the Sabres physically, they now employ the only man in NHL history to suit up for at least 150 games and have 5 points or less. Clearly he has to do something like this to justify his existance and show the B’s and the rest of the league that League that the Sabres aren’t “soft.” I though that after Scott concussed Thornton last year this stuff would die down, but apparently not.

    This was a complete bush league move on Scott’s part, but it’s what he’s paid to do. I’m a B’s fan, but this is a clear cut case of their reputation coming back to haunt them.

    • nflfan4now - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Sabres fan here, but this Bruins fan makes the most sense of any on here.

  21. sabrefan - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Let’s not forget what happened a couple of years ago when luccic laid miller and nothing was ever done about. It seems to me that if a guy scores a couple of goals in a season he free to do what he wants. Not only was nothing said about how much of cheap shot it was on miller, but miller was made out to be the one in the wrong for having his head down. We’ll if that’s the case Eriksson got exactly what he deserved for skating through open ice with his head down. Amen to Scott for doing his job and if in today’s game guys are still stupid enough to skate with their heads down, then maybe they should reevaluate their career path.

    • sabatimus - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      People seem to forget that Lucic did not headshot Miller. He illegally checked Miller instead of going for the puck, and in that sense it was stupid. However, the hit was certainly not worth more than 2 minutes. (And who exactly made Miller out to be the bad guy?)

      By the way, if Eriksson truly had his head up, it would’ve been a shot to the side of his head instead of his chin. Also, it’s not like Eriksson wasn’t watching where the puck was going and how the play was unfolding–Scott lined him up from a 90-degree angle.

    • budzo83 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      While I do agree that there is a double standard surrounding Lucic, I think there was plenty said about the hit. Furthermore, that happened almost two years ago and is no excuse to cheap shot a skill player that wasn’t even on the team when that happened. Lucic had to answer the bell in the rematch game for his actions. Just becuase he won, handily, doesn’t mean that the Sabres have license to deliver cheap shots until they feel that the score has been settled. As I said previously, Scott got a rebuttal with Thornton last season and won; that’s where they should have left it.

      It’s one thing to not stick up for your teammate in the heat of battle, but I think standing up for him one and two seasons later is missing the point.

  22. 2qswing - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    On the broader subject, what is going on with the Sabres? Its one thing to be bad, quite another to just not compete. They lead the league in cheap shots, cant get the puck out of their own end, they lose almost every puck battle, cant make simple passes, no identity as a team. too many soft players. 16 shots on goal last night. YET …nbc has had them on three times so far.
    Sad to see from this proud franchise. I feel bad for Sabre fans. Great fans

    • budzo83 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      NBC is an American network trying to market the game to American fans (Yes, I’m American). In doing so, a lot of these match-ups are brutal. Thank god I get CBC in Michigan… No Pierre. And yes, Buffalo is a great hockey town.

  23. storminator16 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    This hit was very acceptable when Scott Stevens did this to the likes of Shane Willis.

    I blame hockey fans for creating this epidemic. Now the NHL needs to fix it or I’ll stop buying tickets, stop watching the games on tv, and stop listening on the radio. These hits have to go. Now. I’m getting quite tired of this. Or I’ll “finish my check because that is the only way I know how to play” this.

    • dueman - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      No fan that I know of cheers for blatant cheap shots so to blame the fans for this is just absurd. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

      • storminator16 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Oh, good for you.

        :|

      • storminator16 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        Good way to totally dismiss my point. A few years ago, these hits were ok and it was “oh, he should have kept his head up”. Moron fans didn’t see it for what it was and now these guys get slaps on the wrist. No one will be satisfied until one of these players are either paralyzed or dead. I do not blame the players for this, I blame the league and the fans.

        So, put that in your pipe and smoke it. Just my opinion, you and your buds are hypocrites.

  24. mpops86 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    We all know that Scott is a talentless goon who belongs in a sideshow more than he does the NHL, but what about the coach? Patrick Kaleta just got 10 games, Clarkson got 10 for responding to more Scott goonery, he’s been fined by the league, and now Scott ought to get 10. Those are the three longest suspensions of the year, all involving the same team.

    Where’s the accountability? At this rate, Rolston’s going to win 8 games all year and put dozens of star players on the sidelines. Buffalo being horrible is nothing new, but now the tumor of the NHL that is the Sabres organization is beginning to metastasize and attack other teams. Come to think of it, Rolston should just name Scott the captain – he already embodies everything Rolston is turning the Sabres in to.

  25. drewsylvania - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    So fighting is a gateway drug? Now I’ve heard everything.

  26. voltron217 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I’m a sabre fan and first off WE SUCK. Our players SUCK. OUR COACH SUCKS, our GM SUCKS. In the old days Ray or May would beat your ass and if you kept your crap up they’d beat it again, not take cheap shots. Get rid of the second man in and instigator and let the players police the ice. As a sabre fan im still disappointed in the Lucic
    Hit that went unpunished but we should be better than this. Shanahan is a joke.

  27. drewsylvania - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Lifetime suspensions for both player and coach, plus public corporal punishment.

  28. boltsfan777 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Yeah, Scott should be kicked out indefinitely, and the hit was vicious and unnecessary. Aside from that, I’m so sick of Boston fan who has a smug, entitled attitude and lack of humility. Were they outraged when that punk Lucic intentionally took out Miller? Anytime someone crosses Boston player, these forums get filled up with outraged Boston fans. It’s as if they invented hockey and baseball.

    This certainly isn’t a commentary against all Boston fans…Boston is a really cool city, and I have “Boston” friends at work and who I play hockey with that are really nice people, and who wear their Boston gear with class. The old school Boston fans generally have humility since they remember the lean days before the 2004 World Series and pre-Tom Brady.

    • shaundre93 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      It kills me hearing all of these people talk about how dirty the bruins are. Lucic on Miller was bad, but I firmly believe the goalie should be free game if he skates that far out of his net. Plus, I believe lucic when he says its not intentional. Z and pacioretty was an awful accident. Nothing more to be said. But, in the last handful of years, we have seen Savards career end on this kind of hit. Horton getting cheap shotted twice. Bergerons career almost ended from concussions. If any fan base has a right to be sensitive about these hits its bruins fans. Yeah, the bruins can play rough. They push around smaller guys, but they ALWAYS answer the bell with the big guys. Whens the last time anyone on the bruins delivered a hit like this? They are the toughest team, not the dirtiest. And don’t bother bringing up marchand. The kids grown up. Losing seguin probably helped that, he doesn’t do a ton of pestering any more.

      More to the point, I don’t think bruins fans would be nearly this upset if say, Marcus foligno delivered that hit. Its that fact that Scott was put on the ice against the bruins smallest line with the intention to hurt someone. And he succeeded.

      Another question, how do you think sabres players feel about this guy? You think the young guys on the

    • shaundre93 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      It kills me hearing all of these people talk about how dirty the bruins are. Lucic on Miller was bad, but I firmly believe the goalie should be free game if he skates that far out of his net. Plus, I believe lucic when he says its not intentional. Z and pacioretty was an awful accident. Nothing more to be said. But, in the last handful of years, we have seen Savards career end on this kind of hit. Horton getting cheap shotted twice. Bergerons career almost ended from concussions. If any fan base has a right to be sensitive about these hits its bruins fans. Yeah, the bruins can play rough. They push around smaller guys, but they ALWAYS answer the bell with the big guys. Whens the last time anyone on the bruins delivered a hit like this? They are one of the toughest team, not the dirtiest. And don’t bother bringing up marchand. The kids grown up. Losing seguin probably helped that, he doesn’t do a ton of pestering any more.

      More to the point, I don’t think bruins fans would be nearly this upset if say, Marcus foligno delivered that hit. Its that fact that Scott was put on the ice against the bruins smallest line with the intention to hurt someone. And he succeeded.

      Another question, how do you think sabres players feel about this guy? You think the young guys on the team really like losing ice time to him? Do you think they respect him? Doubt it. The league needs to rid itself of that garbage. Its players like him that give the NHL, and hockey in general, a bad image.

  29. LampyB - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    We all know scott has no place in the league. How one can bring fighting into question here makes no sense at all. You’re just using this as a medium to preach. Step down from your podium and use your brain, fighting has nothing to do with an elbow to the head on a late hit you fools.

  30. 950003cups - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    After every penalty, the anti-fighting hippies come running.

    If Boston had a goon on the bench Scott would’ve thought twice.

    It’s a tough game. Get used to it. Has nothing to do with fighting. NFL has worst hits.

    Hippies Go Home!!

  31. bomber2428 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    950003cups,
    Well said. If Bruins retaliate against Buffalo skill players, it would take care of itself.
    remember that softy Lucic running Miller a couple of years ago. Paybacks.
    People on this site need to watch figure skating

  32. earpaniac - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    First, any man who hits another with a damn shoe never should speak on “integrity”.
    Second, this has nothing to do with fighting. Zero. Nada. Zilch. This is a pure cheap shot. Period. One has nothing to do with the other. Yes, Scott fights and yes, this is a cheap shot. But one has nothing to do with the other.

  33. wingsfan97 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    That wasn’t even a bad hit.eriksons head is lined up with Scott’s elbow/shoulder.scott should get a 2 minute pently and then Boston should beat his ass.

  34. stakex - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I don’t like John Scott, and think this hit is most certainly suspension worthy… but if you put your bias aside about the guy delivering it, the hit itself isn’t THAT bad.

    He kept his elbow down, stayed on his feet, and didn’t outright target the head. Sure, his shoulder made direct contact with Eriksson’s jaw… but Scott is 6’8″, and his shoulder is going to line right up with the jaw of a guy who’s six inches shorter. So to say he went out of his way to target the head is incorrect…. if anything he was careless and didn’t do enough to avoid head contact. What makes the hit bad is how late it was. I’m perfectly fine with the hit itself given the size difference, but the hit was very late and that itself is suspension worthy since it caused an injury.

    • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      There you go again speaking from both sides of your mouth. “most certainly suspension worthy”, “the hit itself isn’t THAT bad.”

    • bowski84 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      stakex

      not sure what hit you watched but you better get your self some glasses….scott’s elbow hit erikson’s chin, he is a goon, no hockey sense at all, he should have been kick out of the league in pre season. some players have no respect for the game of hockey let alone other players on the ice if they don’t get rid of this guy someone is going to get in trouble with the law cause scott’s going to get dirtied by someone and that would be a shame, wish claude lemieux was around still he would give scott a stick right in the lips (well deserved i might add) the league needs agitators and fighters it does not need need guys that can’t even play the game

      • bowski84 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        lol i guess it was shoulder on chin… either way dirty hit those are the hits we talk about all the time…this guy doesn’t get it, the league only wants guys to respect each other and play the game hard, lay up in those situations you don’t need to kill the guy just hit him, in that case it was kinda late so should not even of followed through with a crazy check like that, Roloston is retarded it’s one thing to send your grind line out to stir the pot, maybe create some energy but that guy doesn’t even deserve to be on the nhl ice surface with hockey players of that caliber

  35. titansbro - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Unbelievable that anyone could try to justify this with the Lucic/Miller play. First of all, your pussbag team didn’t even retaliate at the time. Then they sent out someone to fight Lucic the next time they played. But shouldn’t it be over after that? I mean that was also like 3 years ago. So now you want to send out some goon to head shot a guy who wasn’t even on the team at the time if that incident? Incredible. Any buffoon referencing that play is a moron.

  36. pizzaman77 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Yet another black eye for Sabres hockey and the NHL as a whole. Yikes.

  37. rrsm53 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    @ stakex, you better look at the video again his elbow was down then why is the elbow and arm coming up following through when he makes contact with his head. Your eye doctor called your glasses are in go pick them up.

    The Sabres havent had a tough guy on their team since Maguire and Ray played, someone might say Foligno was tough once in awhile maybe, there old coach tried but always got his ass beat especially by Neely, since Ray retired they are pussies. They got Scott because no one went after Lucic until the game after and Gaustad got his hat handed to him. Kaleta tried one game and ate right hands. McCormick tried an got the snot beat out of him. Scott’s only claim to fame he beat up Thorton, has he gone after Chara yet NOPE!, he is Scott’s size. Scott serves no purpose at all. He might be a good bouncer at strip club though. He deserves 10 games and then waived by Buffalo if they are smart.

  38. thedavesiknowiknow - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Safe bet: by the end of the week there’ll be an identical hit, and everyone will forget this incident and pretend to be outraged by the new one.

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