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Scott Faces Hearing for hit on Eriksson



BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL pending a disciplinary hearing for a blindside hit to the head that leveled Boston Bruins forward Lou Eriksson.

Scott has been given the opportunity to attend an in-person hearing, which is offered when a suspension has the potential to exceed five games.
  
Scott was ejected for his hit on Eriksson in the third period of Boston's 5-2 win Wednesday. Eriksson had dumped the puck into the Sabres zone when Scott skated in from the player's right and struck him with a shoulder to the face.
  
Eriksson was dazed and didn't return. He stayed in Buffalo overnight as a precaution.
  
Scott was apologetic Thursday. He calls it "a bad play," adding he didn't mean to aim for Eriksson's head.

Meantime, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 10 game suspension assessed to Sabre Patrick Kaleta for his hit on Columbus' Jack Johnson
 
Because he was a repeat offender, Kaleta received a stiff penalty. Bettman's decision to not reduce the suspension is explained in this statement:

"I have concluded based on my review of the matter that there is clear and convincing evidence to support (Director of Player Safety Brendan). Shanahan's determination that a ten (10) game suspension is the appropriate penalty in this case. My conclusion is based on both the nature of the violation and, even more significantly, on Mr. Kaleta's prior disciplinary record, as discussed below.

As an initial matter, it bears repeating though it should not be necessary to do so -- that head hits are a matter of great concern to the League and the Players and that violations of Rule 48 are among the most serious Playing Rule infractions in the game. This can come as no surprise to anyone associated with the NHL as I have been very clear, consistent and vocal on these points."


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