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Video: Ott nails Zolnierczyk, Engelland and Scott drop the gloves

Feb 5, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT

Things got a little testy midway through the first period of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh game on Wednesday night:

That was Steve Ott catching the recently-recalled Harry Zolnierczyk with a heavy hit at the midway point of the frame — Zolnierczyk left briefly, but did return and gained a measure of revenge by scoring his second goal of the year, evening the score at one after Drew Stafford opened the scoring for Buffalo.

As for the tilt… full marks to Engelland for hanging in with Scott, despite giving up nearly six inches and 60 pounds to the Sabres’ tough guy. This actually marked the second time the two have tangled, as they threw down during the 2011-12 season in response to Engelland’s big hit on Marcus Kruger (Scott was playing for Chicago at the time.)

Engelland was suspended three games for the Kruger hit.

  1. killerpgh - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Engelland looked tiny next to Scott. Engelland has lost his last 2 fights. But those fights have came against the 2 toughest “players” in the league in John Scott and Brian McGrattan.

  2. charlieconway96 - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    The greatest part of this scrap was the linesman reaching in to pull the piece of Engelland’s helmet padding out of his eyes. “Here you go buddy, let me give you a hand”.

  3. muckleflugga - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    penguins supporters have to be getting tired of seeing other teams mop the ice with their toughs … watching heavies like glass back-pedal

    will engelland make the post season with his head still attached at the shoulders … he’s starting to look like the league’s favourite punching bag … cheap-shot elbows will bring that sort of attention

    pittsburgh’s talking about offensive help at the deadline … they should really be bringing in someone who can menace players riding rough-shod on their skill guys … look at ott abusing crosby while the other clowns look for nickels … disgraceful treatment of our sid

    scott would blend-in skill-wise third line and down so why not a player of his ilk

    • penguins87and71 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Wait what? The Penguins in my opinion have some pretty tough guys that will stick up for Crosby and Malkin and every other superstar that’s on this team. Maybe they could get one enforcer at the trade deadline, but I would only do it if it came cheap. I really don’t think it’s a pressing need. I think the pressing need on this team is finding a RW for Sidney Crosby, because Gibbons is not a top line line guy.

      • charlieconway96 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        “The Penguins in my opinion have some pretty tough guys that will stick up for Crosby and Malkin and every other superstar that’s on this team.”

        Which other “superstars” would you be referring to?

    • shortsxit34 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      If you said fourth line and down, I still would have sided with down.

    • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      im not sure why you post here.

      ott wasn’t abusing anybody. scott wouldn’t be allowed to carry sticks and wipe the steps of the bus for the Penguins.

    • shwatson - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      The Penguins have Steve MacIntire in the AHL if they feel the need for a goon on their roster which I highly doubt it. They don’t need to waste a roster spot on someone who can’t play the game. Engo,Glass and Bortuzzo provide enough toughness and they can actually play hockey.

      • ninjanickwhite1996 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:55 AM

        Except not. Steve MacIntyre plays for Oklahome City in the AHL now. He was lost on waivers like 6 months ago.

      • ninjanickwhite1996 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:56 AM

        Except not. Steve MacIntyre plays for Oklahome City in the AHL now. He was lost on waivers a good while ago.

      • rrsm53 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        none of them are even close to being in the same class as Scott, Plus McIntrye was picked up by Edmonton and then hurt his knee and was cut, he is playing wherever now. They could go get him but there is no chance of playing the Sabres again this year, just like the Bruins unless they meet in the playoffs and Engelland took on Lucic and didnt handle that to well either. Screw the Penguins.

    • hockey412 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      “Toughs”? The saddest thing about your post is that 5 other people (probably 4 and yourself) took it seriously – your own credibility dimishes every time you open your mouth.

      Engelland challenged Ott, who laid a hit that was borderline on Z. Ott declined – I have absolutely no problem with that – consider the situation ‘policed’. I think it’s sad for hockey and especially for Buffalo fans that Scott’s job is to go in after that and start a fight. Understand – Scott’s not even protecting the few young stars that Buffalo has – they play clean and are treated clean – SCOTT IS THERE TO PROTECT OTT – one of the biggest dirty a-holes in the game! THAT’ is how far down Buffalo has sunk. Fine the coach and slap his mother.

      Also, idiot – Crosby stuck up for himself. I thought it was hysterical that Scott even came out after that scene and got escorted right back off hahahahahahaha….you know he’s not cut out for the league when…..haha. Ott might be an agitator but no one is frightened. Z even responded, by scoring…see how that works? Weird concept.

      John Scott could do hockey and his family a favor by laying in the parking lot directly in front of the team bus as it prepares to drive off.

      • 7mantel - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Had to watch the play again because I thought I missed something.The hit was not borderline or even close to it !

      • hockey412 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Borderline up high, yes, yes it was. It was a clean, hard hit, in my opinion…but just barely so – so don’t let that get in the way of the rest of the comment. Engelland had a problem with it, so what. He asked Ott to dance, he didn’t want to (which was well within his rights, and he shouldn’t have had to dance for that hit), so what. It was over right there. No need to put a BIGGER thug out on the ice to stick up for someone that isn’t worth a rat’s as* anyway. That’s where Buffalo just gets embarrassing for the sport.

      • 7mantel - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Don’t all teams have a player like Ott ,a lot of non Pen fans say the same about Neal. Let’s not forget there was a guy named Cooke skating around in a pen’s sweater to the cheers of the hometown crowd ! Isn’t that just as embarrassing ?

      • hockey412 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Apparently my post disappeared so excuse me if there is a duplicate that shows up. If there was a 7 foot tall goon, good for nothing else but fighting, that came on to the ice to protect Cooke and/or Neal every time they did something they shouldn’t do, then yes, it would be embarassing. Naming Cooke “Captain” would have also been embarassing, it truly shows what direction the team wanted to move in to name a player like Ott “C”. As it is, those players cross the line, and they have to answer for themselves. THAT is what makes Scott such an embarassment. Think of it this way – if you DO have an ‘enforcer’ on your team, they should be policing/protecting what is important to your team, and the sport. Buffalo is protecting is aggitator.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      glass a “heavy”? 6’1 205 lbs? you lost any further credibility you had left right there.

  4. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I said before the Engel fight ” I want to see how Glass holds up against Scott. “. I was almost able to witness it at the end of the second. Not sure if Scott/Glass declined a fight or the linesmen stepped in too soon. Hard to tell there, both guys who never really decline dropping gloves.

    Win to Scott, but Engel put up a fight.

    • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      yeah i mean lets be honest here nobody is really gonna beat scott, but engelland A. showed balls in the first place and B. busted up scotts eye and got some shots in of his own.

      6-2 220 engelland looked like a baby next to that garbage heap on skates.

    • hockey412 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      I’m ALL for players having latitude to decline fights…but let’s not forget that Engelland was only fighting Scott in the first place because Ott declined. Buffalo couldn’t handle their aggitator losing face, so they put in a bum. Buffalo needs to burn it down, it’s embarassing the sport.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        yeah the whole thing was sad from buffalo’s perspective. ott takes a shot at a smaller guy with engelland on the ice, then declines and runs to the bench because…it was engelland challenging him. nolan sends out scott to then start it with engelland who had tried to get ott to answer the bell. shouldve been the other way around where bylsma sends someone out there to go after ott for the hit, not scott to go after a guy who waas sticking up for his guy…makes no sense other than to justify why scott still has a jersey.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        didnt really matter though, ott got embarassed by crosby in the end which is good enough for me

  5. terrier92 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    I hate the Pens yet props to Engelland for hanging in there . Scott is a bad dude. I want him on my Bruins lol

    • hockey412 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Somehow that doesn’t surprise me.

  6. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Why? He is terrible at hockey…

    • charlieconway96 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      What do you mean? He scored a goal like a month ago. He’s good for at least a goal every season or two.

      • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:24 AM

        him and janssen and bissonette in the “most useless nhl hockey players” group

      • charlieconway96 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Well, Bissonnette’s twitter is actually pretty entertaining. So when we take stock of these players we can count one goal, a neat twitter account and… nothing really to say about Janssen.

  7. muckleflugga - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    i like scott … he’s better than you might think … i watch his play from perspective of a player myself and he strikes me as a thinker … and he has a rare sense of humour

    tie domi was always overlooked as a player but i saw him in calgary the few times leafs came our way … domi was a helluva good player with excellent hockey smarts … he had a great shot to boot

    scott’s the same

    tough and good if given latitude by coaches to show his game … he’s has been wrongly maligned as a goon simply because he handles himself

    that suspension on the reaching elbow was over-blown by the league … particularly when looking at what others playing for league darlings like ottawa and toronto get away with

    john scott rocks

    • pens5829 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      Seven seasons. 2 goals, 4 assists. Yeah. He’s a good player alright? LOL. Keep on trollin…

    • cofran2004 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      John scott is a meat stick. His purpose is to beat people up, get the home crowd into the game, and get the other team off their game. I understand the necessity for players of his ilk, and even welcome them. However, comparing him to Tie Domi is at best a bit dishonest. Domi had 104 goals and 141 assists over 1020 games. Thats 245 points. John Scott has 2 goals and 4 assists over 212 NHL games. That mean’s he’s scored points in 3% of the games he’s played. He’s scored a goal in .94% of the games he’s played. Domi’s percentage is MUCH better. He scored points in 24% of the games he played in, and goals in 10% of them. Domi’s GOAL percentage is 7% higher than scott’s total points percentage. They aren’t even REMOTELY comparable.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      yup scott looked great in the 3rd period when he had the best chance o f the game with no one between him and fleury and then put the puck square in the center of his chest. that was the one time he was spotted not floating on the offensive point sitting between the two defensmen circling aimlessly.

    • beyor35 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Your an idiot… Scott can’t hold Domi’s jock…

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