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Analysis: John Scott Suspended for Loui Eriksson Hit

Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott has been suspended seven games for his illegal hit on Bruins forward Loui Eriksson. The hit took place last Wednesday night as the Bruins took on the Sabres at the First Niagra Center.

The Hit

As you can see, Scott lines up Eriksson at the center line and hits him well after Eriksson releases a pass. Not only does Scott hit him late but he also hits him clean in the head with his elbow, a clear no-no by league rules. Adam McQuaid then takes Scott on in a brief fight before Scott is ejected from the game. Eriksson was also helped off the ice.

The Bruins won the game handily 5-2.

The Aftermath

The league has now said that Scott will be suspended for seven games. He has already missed three games as the day after the hit he was suspended indefinitely. Eriksson spent the night in a Buffalo hospital before returning to Boston the next day and was diagnosed with a concussion. He has already missed four games and will likely miss a fifth when the Bruins take on the Islanders this Saturday. His return date is unknown at this time.

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