Delayed Overreactions: Bruins beat Sabres, and there’s that John Scott thing
Leading up to the national television broadcast on NBCSN, there was an emphasis on hyping up the Bruins-Sabres rivalry. Lots of hype. Lots of clips of Milan Lucic running over Ryan Miller. And for much of the game, it seemed a bit misguided.
And then John Scott skated through the neutral zone and caught an oblivious Loui Eriksson with a hit and then we were back to where we started. Boston won the game, beating the Sabres 5-2, but that was hardly the big story. It was the hit.
Eriksson would leave the game (and stay in Buffalo overnight with concussion-like symptoms) and Scott would get jumped by Boston’s Adam McQuaid for the only fight of “Rivalry Night.” It was an ugly incident that marred the game, which dropped the Sabres to 1-9-1 on the season.
Cody Hodgson and Nikita Zadorov scored for Buffalo, who got 29 saves out of Ryan Miller.
Boston’s Milan Lucic and Torey Krug each scored twice, while Dougie Hamilton registered the game winning goal for the Bruins.
- The hit was dirty and everyone knew that when it happened. You don’t need video review, it passed the eye test. But there’s no way there’s as much furor over it if it wasn’t a plug like John Scott throwing it or if it wasn’t a star player like Eriksson getting knocked out. He deserves supplemental discipline, but the deck is certainly stacked against Scott. Not that we should be upset that a guy who can’t score is out of the lineup.
- Funny that the Bruins get commended for not going after a Sabres player for retribution when after the Lucic-Miller thing, it was the Sabres getting torn apart for not going after the Bruins.
- This blog and this blogger complains frequently about game presentation being out of touch, and if it wasn’t obvious before, playing that horrible, stupid “Big Bad John” song after the hit should make it obvious to everyone else. The organization should be absolutely embarrassed that they employ people that would do that. No concept of what’s actually going on.
- Rolston was getting ripped by media after the game for putting Scott on the ice. It was inherently moronic. Rolston had put his fourth line on the ice after a shift from his third line. Which had followed his second line. Which came after the first line. Media types calling for a guy’s head for rolling four lines.
- Rolston’s demeanor doesn’t make him any friends when shit like this happens. Just saying.
- Hard not to like Nikita Zadorov. Good kid, great attitude, has been playing well and throws the body a bit. He’s going to be a player in this league. Just hope he doesn’t get ruined from being around this trainwreck.
- Like the idea of playing up rivalries, but man, that arena was dead for most of the night. The Sabres have groomed the most passively interested fans I’ve ever seen.
That’s all I got.