The National Hockey League on Monday suspended the Sharks tough guy two games for leaving the bench to start a fight in Sunday;s 4-1 win over the hometown Anaheim Ducks.
A tussle between Scott and Anaheim’s Tim Jackman sparked a line brawl in the third period.
Scott faced a telephone hearing with the league’s department of player safety for “leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change to start an altercation.”
The two teams combined for 165 penalty minutes, with five fighting majors and eight game misconducts being assessed in the third period.
Scott, a 32-year-old Edmonton native, is with his fifth NHL team in seven seasons. In 241 regular-season games, he has scored three goals and seven points. He is also a minus-18 with 452 penalty minutes.
Considered a repeat offender, Scott will forfeit $17,073.18, per the league's collective bargaining agreement, based on his average annual salary. The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
On Oct. 31, 2013, the six-foot-eight, 270-pound Scott was suspended seven games by the NHL for an illegal hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward LouiEriksson.
During the 2013-14 pre-season, Scott was also involved in a stick-swinging incident with Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel. Turning down an invitation to fight Scott, Kessel took a couple of hacks with his stick at the-then Buffalo Sabres enforcer and was subsequently suspended three games. Scott received a five- and 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct.
Click below to listen to the NHL's explanation for its decision to suspend Scott for games at Colorado on Tuesday and in Minnesota on Thursday.