Scott is more than the 'Hawks enforcer

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:50 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- The war of words between John Scott and the Canucks has been a goldmine for the notebooks.

The Chicago defenceman/enforcer never hesitates to speak his mind, on or off the ice, and is in fine form in this series.

He was looking for trouble once Game 4 was out of hand and when he couldn't find any, wasn't afraid to tell everyone why.

"I had my gloves off, and he (Tanner Glass) kind of crapped his pants," said Scott, who received a pair of 10-minute misconducts in the third period for getting in the face of several Canucks, Raffi Torres among them.

Prior to Scott's appearance in the series in Game 3, Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa said fighting the big guy isn't anyone's best option.

"If a 6-foot-8 guy who can't skate asks to fight, you say no, then skate around him and score a goal."

As fate would have it, Bryan Bickell skated around Bieksa and scored 1:43 into Game 4, a development that Scott couldn't resist commenting on.

"Oh, Bieksa, what a joke. The guy was talking about how I was getting walked wide and then he gets beat wide the first shift of the game. I guess he needs to take skating lessons, not me."

Vancouver reporters, naturally, sought a response. And, naturally, got a good one.

"I was told when I was a rookie, a guy who wasn't playing much, to not bother the regulars," said Bieksa. "That's the advice he should take: Don't bother the regulars."

Despite all the ridicule head coach Joel Quenneville received for inserting Scott into the series, he's plus-1 through two games.

"A lot of people rolled their eyes when we announced that he's likely on the back end," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We played five big games down the stretch when John Scott was on the back end, and played meaningful minutes in those games. He has a purpose to his game."

HE HATE ME

When teams meet three straight years in the playoffs, things are bound to heat up. So it's no surprise the Hawks and Canucks wasted little time getting to dislike one another.

"I'm sure the Chicago fans like the rivalry with the Wings a little more, but as players in here it's right up there," Patrick Kane said.

"There's definitely some players, even their uniform, that you don't like to see, or let beat you."

Gone missing

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, were scoreless in the first four games of the series, an untimely drought that nobody expected.

Least of all them.

"I cant complain about the opportunities I'm getting, whether it's on the power play or five-on-five," said Toews. "Whether I'm playing against Kesler or the Sedins' line, they're playing it pretty tough and don't want to give you too much, but at the same time you just have generate something.

"I think Kaner and I had plenty of chances the last couple of games."

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Hawks defenceman Brent Seabrook, missed his second game in a row after Raffi Torres caught him behind the net in Game 3. "There was a chance he could play but we found out today that he's not," Quenneville said. "He's just not ready to go." ... Tomas Kopecky, out since Game 1 by an upper-body injury, didn't make the trip to Vancouver.


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