1. 2013-14 NHL suspension count. The season isn’t even a month old and already there have been seven suspensions in the NHL. That is one suspension every three days, on average. Sabres’ forward John Scott will likely join the list…
In a game last night between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins, NHL tough guy John Scott landed a questionable blindside hit, knocking B’s RW Loui Eriksson into a daze. There will likely be substantial supplementary discipline awarded Scott for his actions.
This is not the first time a game between the Sabres and Bruins has taken an ugly turn for the worse. In the 2011-12 season, Bruins’ Milan Lucic ran over goaltender Ryan Miller, causing a giant pile up. It’s thought Scott was acquired to regulate Boston’s physical edge over the Sabres. Watch the Lucic hit from 2011-12 here.
Scott was involved in a controversial melee earlier this (pre)season against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres tough guy initiated a fight with Leafs’ pacifist Phil Kessel. Leafs’ offseason free agent signing David Clarkson hopped the boards in defence of Kessel. His ill advised breach of league rules earned him a 10-game suspension that expired Tuesday, October 22. As Clarkson returns, Scott will likely take a turn on the sidelines. The hockey world is almost unanimous in its belief that NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will throw the book at Scott for his hit last night. Watch Scott’s hit on Eriksson courtesy of Hockey Fights dot com‘s YouTube channel. Click here to subscribe.
The Sabres may not be winning now (1-9-1) but the future is bright if the young guns can materialize into solid NHLers at the same time over the next few seasons.
In a game that by all accounts should have ended 8-0 Bruins, the Sabres youngster made the most of some open ice in the Bruins’ zone, powering a backhand through goaltender Chad Johnson for his first career NHL goal.
Watch Zadorov’s first of what could be many NHL goals.
Nikita Zadorov was drafted 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2013.
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