Oct 23, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman John Scott (32) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) fight during the third period at First Niagara Center. Bruins beat the Sabres 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Game 11: Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins 3 Stars


The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins met for the first time of the season at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. The Bruins ran away with the game, outscoring Buffalo 5-2 and outshooting them 34-16. It was total domination, as expected, by a team that’s playing on another level than Buffalo. Here are the three stars of the game.

3. Milan Lucic. He was his usual Lucician self against the Sabres, using soft hands and bull rush moves to pot two goals and an assist to set the tone for a Boston beatdown. Something tells me Lucic takes extra pleasure in playing the Sabres. He always seems to pick it up a notch against Buffalo. Then again, that could just be the Sabres being the Sabres that makes him look so good.

2. Torey Krug. He was the other Bruin to score two goals tonight. What better way to show you’re ready to pick up where you left off last year than to whomp on the Sabres? For the youngster Krug, that’s exactly what happened.

1. John Scott. With one vicious hit, Scott may have set the bumbling Sabres down the path they need to take, and for that he deserves the only accolade he’s probably ever deserved in the NHL. First, Buffalo needs to get rid of John Scott. A long suspension should help that. Second, they need to clean house in the front office and maybe the scrutiny and shame that comes with not only being the worst team in the league, but the dirtiest, will send waves straight to the top. Maybe Terry Pegula had no problem being among the worst teams in the league this season, but how can a self proclaimed die hard fan sit by and let his team become the laughing stock of hockey? Maybe he can start asking hard questions like, “Hey why is John Scott playing on a team that is a zero in the league? Isn’t there some young guy we could play in his place? Or Matt Ellis? Or anyone at all?” Shoot, he might even get to the answer of that question and gulp get to the GM. Much in the way the first Boston/Buffalo tilt changed the course of Buffalo’s future a couple years ago, this John Scott controversy will change the way the Sabres move forward for better or worse. For that much at least, Sabres fans should be grateful.

Cory Buck is a staff writer for Sabre Noise. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter @TheBuckMopsHere

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  • Caitlin Campbell

    I was super confused by your title but thankfull I read on. I agree that Scott has to be gone and heck if his hit tonight helps pave the way for a change in Buffalo then I guess we should be grateful. The Sabres are getting a brutl rep, something needs to give.

    • Dano

      Regier will get fired ;)

  • Andrew Thompson

    Yea, you threw me there for a second. Glad to see Sabres fans think the hit was a cheap shot, and they’d like to see that Neanderthal out of the NHL.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Not every fan thinks that, sadly. I almost threw up when I read a couple of Tweets condoning Scott’s actions. I was about to fire Cory here, too, until I read the post!!

      • Cory Buck

        Thanks, Rich, glad you stuck it out to the end of the piece. The hit was disgusting. It reminded me of the Chris Neil hit on Drury and the Matt Cooke hit on Savard, both of which were unnecessary and dirty. Elbow or not, it was late and calculated and for the third time in a month, it puts the Sabres in the wrong light. I’m sick of it. I know the Sabres haven’t actually lit the world on fire in my lifetime, but I’ve always been proud to be a Sabres fan, and proud of what my team stands for. This year though…sheesh.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I was so mad I was tempted to write a piece. i didn’t, because I don’t want to devolve into simply negativity, and I knew there would be a lot of people writing about it. Still, I was so pissed. Is that their new strategy, to injure people if they can’t win a game?

    • Dano

      Neanderthal? The Guy with a degree from a well known Educational institute?

      Nice Avatar with the Bruins Jersey.

    • Dano

      Neanderthal? They guy has a degree in engineering from a top named school. Neanderthal you say? ROFLMAO!

  • Dano

    ” First, Buffalo needs to get rid of John Scott. ”

    And the moment hes gone all those rookies become ‘ fair game ‘.

    I get the ‘ new aged fan ‘ and the need for ‘ time outs ‘.

    Heaven forbid theres someone on the Sabres team that actually does the job assigned to them as a 4th line player. If only the same could be said for those in the Offices and the First line guys whom cant get anything done.

    Hey! Why not mention the ‘ Suffering Fans ‘?

    Where the real ‘ suffering ‘ is, is the loss of the Tradition of North American Hockey, Eurofication of the league.

    Soon, it will become a ‘ no touch ‘ league and the fans of traditional hockey will be gone. Its no longer about the sport, its considered a ‘ social event ‘.

    I cant wait for the pond to freeze over so I can play some REAL hockey with the boys. No internet ” frilly panties wearing twitter-twits allowed “. :) .

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Which rookie was Scott defending tonight, again?

      If you’re version of hockey involves people just skating around elbowing you in the mouth when you don’t even have the puck, you can keep it. Sounds more like a steel cage match than an actual sport. Most other sports actually have these things called “rules,” to keep them from devolving into total caveman idiocy. Scott’s hit was designed to injure. You’re actually okay with that?

      • Dano

        I can see objectivity has been taken out of the discussion as my reply was removed or moderated away.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I honestly cannot tell you who is responsible for moderating on removing comments – none of us at Sabre Noise have access to that, and I don’t have any problem debating you! :)

          I know you didn’t mention Scott defending rookies last night, but that is my point: what WAS he doing? I’ve seen the video – he hits Eriksson from the side (dirty) in the face (dirty) and follows through by lifting his arm (dirty). John Scott can bend his knees and hit the guy lower. It would still be a dirty hit because it’s from the side and was clearly after Eriksson had passed the puck, but it wouldn’t be a head shot. No amount of video watching in the world will change these facts:

          1. He hit the guy in the head with no attempt to pull back;
          2. It was a late hit.
          3. Why is he targeting ANYONE at this point of the game anyway? Because Boston was winning?

          All of which leads me to my steel cage comment: if there are fans who consider this dirty, unnecessary hit legal, then hockey truly would be a sport with no rules. Any hit is legal, injuries be damned. That’s not a sport; that’s wrestling or old-school gladiators fighting to the death.

          Being a fan of the Sabres and hockey doesn’t mean I approve of everything they do, and in this instance, I do not approve. Sorry!

          • Dano

            1.) my reply had a video link in slow motion that clearly shows initial contact being shoulder to shoulder.
            2.) the timing on that video PROVED it wasnt late.
            3.) Your a coach , granted for pee-wees but your still a coach. Your 4th line guys are the energy type. Maybe they arent to that learning phase when they play under your guidance, but theres a roll for the 4th line.

            I understand there are a bunch of LOUD people whom want to neuter Hockey. I know they arent the majority but their constant complaining about how they are ‘ suffering ‘ and how miserable things are will get them the most attention.

            Using the term ‘ steel cage match ‘ puts it way over the top. It shows the absolute lack of integrity and someone just being a reactionary because they HAVE to have their way.

            When you can quit being a reactionary and have an honest conversation.. Wraste-a-ling, gladiators.. fighting to the death?.. That sounds about as unintelligent as ‘ suffering ‘.

            Ive noticed that many of the articles on disqus are just ‘ opinion pieces ‘ and have no merit behind them.

            Scott slouched down, kept his elbow in. It was a good hit. If Lou doesnt want to keep his head up.. Maybe he should look out for his safety.

  • joeyt045@l[email protected]

    Hey can anyone tell me why my comments now say “awaiting moderation”? Did I say or do something wrong because I thought I was a positive contributor…

    • Timothy Redinger

      No settimgs were changed. I will look into this. It has happened before on other sites. Its a Disqus issue.

      • [email protected]

        Ah, thank you Tim. I figured it was a glitch but was curious to know for sure.

  • Kevin

    Let’s see the Sabres management squirm their way out of this little pr nightmare. Knowing them they’ll probably figure if they don’t say anything it will just go away. OR they come out and say despite what has happened we don’t feel the need to take action at this time. In other words DR will give the speech and he already was assured by MR.”No Sack” Pegula that his and RR jobs are still safe.

    • Dano

      They dont have to do anything Kevin. The League will do everything in regards to Scott. The team will continue to play the same with or without him.

      Sabres Management will move forward on the same path while the fans continue with the rants and ‘ suffering ‘.

      A lot of the ‘ old school fans ‘ have lost interest and left the seats for the ‘ new fans ‘. After this year, my 4 season tickets wont be renewed. I will look for AHL tickets for Hamilton or the Erie Monsters.

      Let Regier and company get a paycheck from other fans.

      • Timothy Redinger

        The team can do something – and they have in the past. Kaleta was suspended by the league and the team handed him an extra two games in the press box.
        I know plenty of “old school fans” who don’t mind the current brand of hockey – and if you are trying to harken back to an age when players didn’t wear helmets, bench brawls were common – then you not going to find that in any pro or semi pro league.
        Games change – you either adapt with them or don’t. Either way – I am sure there is someone on the waiting list that will gladly take over your seats.

        • Dano

          “I am sure there is someone on the waiting list that will gladly take over your seats.”

          And you have just put in the open what the real problem is.

          Its not about the game anymore, its all about the money.

          This started with Bettman becoming commish and making his deals with Chrysler to have the sport become more ‘ family orientated ‘.

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