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SCOTT RESPONDS TO BRAWL QUESTIONS

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 4:09 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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SCOTT RESPONDS TO BRAWL QUESTIONS
     John Scott

John Scott spoke to the media for the first time Monday following the much-talked about line brawl against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

The 6-foot-8 enforcer sparked some controversy when he tangled with Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel after a face off during the preseason game in Toronto. On the previous play, Sabres forward Corey Tropp had gotten into a fight with the much bigger Jamie Devane. Tropp hit the ice hard after the bout and the result upset the Sabres bench.

Rolston then sent Scott, Mike Zigomanis and Brian Flynn onto the ice. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carslyle opted to use his last change to put out his top line Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Carter Ashton, reportedly hoping to diffuse the situation.

That line of thinking backfired as every player on the ice including goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier tussled. The play resulted in 211 penalty minutes.

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Scott said that he was planning on dropping the gloves with whoever Toronto sent out and was a bit surprised to see that line come out onto the ice. For Scott, he said it was about playing his role and defending Tropp.

“I obviously thought our guy got taken advantage of the shift before and I was trying to stick up for him and send a message to Toronto, like, ‘You can’t do that to our small guys,’” Scott said. “And whoever they lined up with me, whether it’s Kessel or [Colton] Orr or whoever else they have in their lineup, I was going to fight them.”

Kessel, Toronto’s leading scorer last season, responded to Scott’s challenge by swinging his stick at Scott’s ankles. Kessel's teammates quickly came to his aid and everyone on the ice got in on the action, including Toronto forward David Clarkson, who left the bench and faces a 10-game suspension.

Scott said he can see Toronto’s side of things In that an enforcer shouldn’t go after a star player, but doesn’t necessarily agree with it.

“I would be pissed off if someone went after my star guy, too. Their coach didn’t have to put Kessel out with me,” Scott said. “He kind of knew what was going to happen. It was kind obvious that I was upset that our bench was upset. It’s what happened. Obviously Phil’s OK. He probably came out on the better end of it. I’m bruised all over my legs.“

The two teams don't meet again until Nov. 15 in Buffalo.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
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10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82