San Jose enforcer John Scott has been suspended four games for punching Anaheim forward Tim Jackman on Monday night, the league announced.
“While we accept Scott’s assertion that he was merely trying to shake off Jackman — and although Jackman’s shove initiates the exchange — it is such a common maneuver executed with so little force that Scott’s response is neither predictable, nor acceptable,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “Similarly, though Scott’s response is more of a flailing reaction than a premeditated or forceful swing, it is illegal and he is responsible for the damage it does.”
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Jackman, who was knocked out on the play and required medical attention, didn’t return to the game and remains injured. The Department of Player Safety also notes that Scott’s history as a repeat offender was taken into consideration; he was suspended seven games last year for a headshot on Boston’s Loui Eriksson, and two games earlier this season for coming off the bench to fight Jackman (during a Ducks-Sharks game on Oct. 26).
Scott will miss San Jose’s upcoming games against Los Angeles, Vancouver, Anaheim and St. Louis, eligible to return on Monday, Jan. 5 when the Sharks play in Winnipeg. He will also forfeit $34,146.36 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson probably has the right attitude about the inevitable Tyler Seguin comparisons: he told CSNNE.com that there’s not much he can do about the rising star’s work in Dallas.
The key, then, is just to play as well as he can. So far, that really hasn’t worked out so well in Boston, but that might be changing.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien seems to notice a difference lately.
“Like all players in this league when they get on a roll, they feel good about themselves,” Julien said. “To me, he’s showing the kind of player we’ve always thought he was. He’s scoring some goals, he’s making some plays and he’s killing penalties. He’s a guy that you can use in all kinds of situations, so right now I think we’re seeing some of his best hockey.”
The 29-year-old’s really been finding his scoring touch lately.
Eriksson scored two goals in Boston’s crucial win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. He has four goals and two assists for six points in his last four contests.
While his possession stats were subtly good last season, they remain respectable enough so far in 2014-15, so there’s reason to believe that he can be the two-way player Boston was expecting when they made that pivotal trade.
Will he ever be able to silence those who can only compare him to the superstar the Bruins parted with? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that the Swede can’t help Boston win games. It seems like he’s finally making that evident in recent games.
After a mediocre start to the season, the Boston Bruins need every point they can get to avoid falling behind in the marathon battle for a playoff spot. They endured a back-and-forth contest against the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night, but in the end the Bruins earned an important 4-3 overtime victory.
Buffalo was close to winning 3-2 when Dougie Hamilton gave the Bruins another chance with his second goal of the night at 18:29 of the third period:
In overtime, Milan Lucic passed the puck to Loui Eriksson as he entered the Sabres’ zone. With Buffalo’s defense split, Eriksson charged at Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth before shoveling it into the back of the net.
“I think it was a gut check… and I credit the guys for battling,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the win, per the Bruins’ Twitter feed. He added, “Wins are tough to come by these days, so when you get ’em, you take ’em.”
At 17-14-3, Boston is just a point shy of Washington, which holds the second Wild Card spot. However, the Capitals have played in two less games. Meanwhile, Buffalo has now lost three straight contests as its stretch of 10 wins in 12 games slowly fades into the distance.
“We got stronger as the game went on,” Ted Nolan said, per the Sabres Twitter feed. “You couldn’t not be happy with the effort, only thing disappointed with is the outcome.”
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