John Scott suspended 2 games by NHL for leaving bench to fight

The NHL on Monday suspended San Jose Sharks tough guy John Scott two games for leaving the bench to start a fight in Sunday;s 4-1 win over the hometown Anaheim Ducks.

Sharks tough guy's tussle with Ducks' Jackman ignited line brawl

Sharks enforcer John Scott, top, fights with the Ducks' Tim Jackman during the first period on Sunday in Anaheim, Calif. Scott and Jackman's fight started a line brawl. They were assessed 22 and 21 penalty minutes, respectively in the game. San Jose and Anaheim combined for 165 penalty minutes. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild players won’t have to worry about watching their back for San Jose tough guy John Scott this week.

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.

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