Bruins Smash Sabres 5-2, John Scott delivers dirty hit on Eriksson
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After a long three days off from their last game, the Bruins came out flying versus the lowly Buffalo Sabres and got the win behind solid performances from Milan Lucic and Torey Krug. Lucic got the Bruins on the board first at 11:01 after getting the slightest of deflections off of a Jarome Iginla shot from the left circle. The puck leaked past Ryan Miller's knees, clearly a result of the slimmed-down padding that the NHL has mandated for this year.
Lucic netted his second of the game just 40 seconds into the second off of a double barreled rush sparked by Iginla shooting down the wing and slinging the puck across ice to Lucic who slipped it past Miller.
The Sabres twice got the game within 1 goal, but on both occasions the Bruins scored again to cushion their lead, one from Doug Hamilton at 11:50 of the second,three minutes after Cody Hodgson made it 2-1, and again from Krug, four minutes into the 3rd after a goal from Nikita Zadarov, previously in the second.
And then...the most embarrassing, gutless, spineless, and cowardly player in the NHL did his thing yet again. Sabres uber-goon John Scott lit up B's winger Loui Errikson in the neutral zone with an elbow to the head, knocking Errikson out for the rest of the game.
Scott received a charging major and a match-penalty.
Scott has five points in 186 career games while recording 309 PIMs. His average time on ice for his career is 7:07. He is about as useless as a human being can be at his job.
What does Scott have to do to finally get thrown out of the NHL for good? Scott took 3 strides towards Eriksson and delivered a hit straight to his head after Eriksson had released the puck down the ice.
I had an argument a few weeks back with a Sabres fan claiming Scott on the Sabresheld the same value, if not more, than that of Shawn Thornton has on the Bruins. It was one of the more ridiculous claims I've ever heard in my entire life. Scott is the absolute worst example of what a modern age hockey player can be. If he doesn't get at least 10 games for his disgusting hit it'll be a travesty from the NHL Department of Player Safety.
Milan Lucic spoke with NBC's Pierre McGuire after the game and addressed the hit:
It sucks to see...its picking the head, and it sucks to see [it happen] and lose Loui for the third period, and you hope he's alright.
The Bruins deserve a ton of credit for not getting into it with the Sabres after the fact. Adam McQuaid was the one who took Scott on and took him to the ice. After that, Krug scored off the five-minute major, and the B's finished the game off, leaving the Sabres in the basement and continuing onto tomorrow night. Now it is up to the NHL to do the right thing and suspend Scott for double-digits.
The B's play tomorrow versus Jumbo Joe and the San Jose Sharks.