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Cherry sympathizes with John Scott despite controversial hit

Buffalo Sabres defenceman John Scott is facing an in-person hearing after issuing Bruins winger...

Buffalo Sabres defenceman John Scott is facing an in-person hearing after issuing Bruins winger Loui Eriksson an illegal check to the head. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

“It’s unfair” what’s happening to Buffalo Sabres big body John Scott, according to Don Cherry, who seemed to have Scott’s back three days after he put Boston Bruins winger Loui Eriksson out of commission with a concussion.

Cherry stopped short of defending Scott’s actions during Saturday night’s Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night, but did his best to provide an explanation for Scott’s elbow to Eriksson’s head.

“Now here’s a story,” Cherry started. “(Scott) sits there for 55 minutes. He’s put on the ice. He’s got to do something. He’s got to do something or he’s going to be gone.

“So this is what happens.”

Cherry related last week’s incident back to Scott, who’s 6-foot-8, 270 pounds, instigating a fight with Toronto’s Phil Kessel during preseason.

He then took aim at Sabres coach Ron Rolston.

“He’s gotta play John Scott (more),” Cherry said.

Cherry likened Scott’s situation to his own time playing for the Rochester Americans, where he said he was in a similar position.

“That’s what I did – sat on the bench and went out and fought. And it’s tough,” Cherry said.

Scott is scheduled for a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety on Thursday for what the league is calling an “illegal check to the head.”

An in-person disciplinary meeting with the league means Scott could be facing a suspension of five or more games.


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