Buffalo Sabre, John Scott (32) checks Boston Bruin, Loui Eriksson (21) during third period action against at the First Niagara Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Scott was ejected from the game in the third period and he received two five-minute major penalties, one for charging and another for fighting. The Boston bruins defeated the Sabres 5-2. (AP/Photo,Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)The Associated Press
Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson (21), of Sweden, is helped off the ice by Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), and Chris Kelly (23) after a hit to the head by Buffalo Sabres' John Scott during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.Boston won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. – 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.