NEW YORK (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott was suspended for seven games without pay by the NHL on Thursday for his illegal check to Boston forward Loui Eriksson's head.

Scott received a match penalty for the hit in the Sabres' 5-2 home loss Oct. 23.

Scott skated in from Eriksson's right and leveled him with a shoulder to the face. Ericksson sustained a concussion and is sidelined indefinitely.

The suspension will cost Scott $26,923. He has served three games of the suspension while awaiting an in-person hearing.