John Scott Suspended 7 Games by NHL After Hit on Loui Eriksson
The incident took place during the third period of Boston's 5-2 win over Buffalo, when Scott targeted Eriksson’s head on a blindside check in the neutral zone.
The veteran enforcer was given a match penalty for charging and ejected from the game.
Here's NHL.com video of the league's statement:
NHL.com provides an update on Scott's suspension:
Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott has been suspended for seven games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during NHL Game No. 138 in Buffalo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.The incident occurred at 5:49 of the third period. Scott received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Scott will forfeit $26,923.05. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
From the Toronto Star's Damien Cox:
John Scott's disciplinary hearing is set for next Thursday. Hallowe'en. He'll have already missed three games by then.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) October 25, 2013
Eriksson was forced to stay in Buffalo overnight to undergo further testing, according to Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald, but was expected to return to Boston Thursday.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien commented on the hit:
Obviously, if he didn’t come back, it’s serious enough, probably find out a little bit more. Right now we’re giving our trainers the space to deal with that stuff. (The hit is) going to be looked at (by the NHL safety officials). It’s disappointing that a key player gets hurt. I know there’s history here. But it’s a guy who played about two-three minutes a game and targets one of your best players.
Scott will be offered the chance to attend an in-person hearing to determine how many games he will miss, but the league has a recent precedent it can use in this case. Fellow Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is currently serving a 10-game suspension for an illegal check on Oct. 10.
Buffalo has used Scott more as the roster has been thinned by injuries and suspensions, and he was averaging over five minutes of ice time over the last three games. While there is no doubt that this could have been an isolated incident, the fact that Scott was out there while the Sabres were trying to make a comeback is a strong indication of what he was on the ice to do.
“I kind of feel really upset. I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened. And watching the video, I kind of regret the whole situation," Scott told NHL.com.
One of the main reasons Boston was so upset with the hit is because it was on one of the offseason’s key acquisitions. Eriksson was brought to the Bruins in a blockbuster trade that sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars.
The talented winger has started the season slow (amassing only three points in eight games), but was finding a rhythm with his new team. There is no word yet on a timetable for his return to the lineup.
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