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    Sabres’ John Scott rejects ‘dirty player’ label

    John Scott hit Loui Eriksson during Wednesday’s game.
    Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News/AP
    John Scott hit Loui Eriksson during Wednesday’s game.

    Sabres winger John Scott, who laid out Bruins forward Loui Eriksson in Wednesday night’s 5-2 Boston win, addressed Buffalo reporters after practice Thursday.

    Scott, who was assessed a match penalty for his blind-side hit to Eriksson’s head and suspended indefinitely by the NHL pending an in-person hearing with league officials, said, “I don’t think I’m a dirty player,” according to the Buffalo News. “I try to play within the code, within the rules. This is my first suspension. I don’t try to be a dirty player.

    “I kind of feel really upset. I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened watching the video. I just kind of regret the whole situation. I don’t want to be a dirty player.”


    Scott said he texted Eriksson after the game. Eriksson was scheduled to travel to Boston Thursday after remaining in Buffalo overnight at the team hotel.

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    The Bruins, who play the Sharks at TD Garden Thursday night, didn’t skate this morning. After San Jose’s skate, Sharks coach Todd McLellan was asked about the hit.

    “Sometimes you get here and you answer these questions, you come across as a group of saints. We’re not saints by any means,” said McLellan. “We have guys that have problems with finished checks and suspensions, too. It’s happening around the league.

    “When you talk about it as a whole, there’s no need for it, in my opinion. There’s no need for it. There’s players that can avoid certain situations that haven’t. I don’t know how we’re going to stop it. I just hope that it does stop.”

    San Jose’s Dan Boyle, who was flattened from behind by the Blues’ Maxim Lapierre earlier this month, skated with his teammates Thursday for the first time since the incident.