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Sabres' John Scott suspended 7 games for head shot

10/31/2013 05:53 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
The waiting game is over for Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott. 

Scott was suspended seven games on Thursday by the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety for an illegal hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during a game last Wednesday. 

He had already missed three contests after being banned indefinitely last week ahead of his hearing.

The six-foot-eight, 270-pound Scott's controversial hit drew plenty of criticism and reaction from fans over the past week. The incident occurred during a game last Wednesday in Buffalo.

At 5:49 of the third period of Boston's 5-2 win, Eriksson dumped the puck into the Sabres' zone and Scott followed the red line to deliver the blow on his opponent, appearing to raise his shoulder up and making Eriksson's head the principle point of contact.

The Boston sniper left the contest and was later diagnosed with a concussion as a result. Scott, a native of Edmonton, Alta., received a match penalty for his actions.

Scott will forfeit $26,923.05 US in salary as per terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. All of that money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. 

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