BUFFALO, N.Y. — Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist and Torey Krug scored twice to help the Bruins beat the reeling Sabres 5-2 on Wednesday.
But the focus after the game was Buffalo enforcer John Scott. He was thrown out at 5:49 of the third period after hitting Boston wing Loui Eriksson in the head with an elbow as Eriksson dumped the puck into Buffalo's end. Eriksson had to be helped from the ice and didn't return.
"(Scott) did his job, I guess," Bruins coach Claude Julien. "He's only out there for two reasons: to fight and hurt."
The Bruins had no information on Eriksson's condition. Scott will have an in-person hearing with the league, media reports said. That means he could be suspended for more than five games.
Discipline roundup: Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was suspended five games for leaping into Ducks forward Dustin Penner and hitting Penner in the head with his head Sunday. No penalty was assessed. Penner put on Twitter a video of the hit with this message: "To whom it may concern.....black&white vertical stripes. Orange horizontal stripe. Might of been 2 min minor??" Penner had concussion symptoms and hasn't played since.
Around the league: Martin Brodeur, the goalie with the most wins in NHL history, said Cory Schneider, scheduled to make his third straight start for the Devils tonight against the Canucks, is now No. 1 and he is the backup. "This is what (coach Pete DeBoer) feels is the best opportunity to be successful," Brodeur said. "That's fine. If we win, everybody is happy." … Panthers goalie Tim Thomas (groin) is on injured reserve.
First—1, Bos, Lucic 4 (Iginla, Krejci), 11:01. Penalties—Soderberg, Bos (goaltender interference), 12:42.
Second—2, Bos, Lucic 5 (Iginla), :40. 3, Buf, Hodgson 3 (Vanek, Foligno), 8:21 (pp). 4, Bos, Hamilton 2 (Marchand, Soderberg), 11:50. 5, Buf, Zadorov 1 (Ott, Foligno), 15:10. Penalties—Tallinder, Buf (high-stick), 1:58; Porter, Buf (board), 3:01; Krejci, Bos (high-stick), 4:20; Bos bench, served by Thornton (too many men), 7:38.
Third—6, Bos, Krug 2 (Smith, Soderberg), 4:17. 7, Bos, Krug 3 (Krejci, Lucic), 9:42 (pp). Penalties—Kelly, Bos (roughing), 2:22; Larsson, Buf (roughing), 2:22; McQuaid, Bos, served by Thornton, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fight), 5:49; Scott, Buf (charging, fight), 5:49. Shots—Bos 7-14-13—34. Buf 6-8-2—16. PP opps—Bos 1 of 4; Buf 1 of 3. Goalies—Bos, C.Johnson 1-0-0 (16 shots-14 saves). Buf, R.Miller 1-7-0 (34-29).
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First—1, Ott, Gryba 1 (Zibanejad, Condra), 5:46. 2, Ott, Spezza 6 (Phillips, E.Karlsson), 10:48 (pp). 3, Ott, Ryan 5 (Corvo, Turris), 14:14 (pp). 4, Det, Bertuzzi 3 (Zetterberg, Kronwall), 16:14 (pp). Penalties—Kronwall, Det (hook), 9:22; Quincey, Det (trip), 14:07; Greening, Ott (cross-check), 14:56.
Second—5, Ott, Spezza 7 (E.Karlsson, Methot), 5:12. Penalties—Ryan, Ott (high-stick), :49.
Third—6, Ott, Cowen 2 (Z.Smith, Neil), 1:50. 7, Ott, Ryan 6 (MacArthur, Turris), 6:13. Penalties—Cowen, Ott (elbow), 3:23; Alfredsson, Det (trip), 10:57. Shots—Ott 9-12-7—28. Det 12-13-7—32. PP opps—Ott 2 of 3; Det 1 of 3. Goalies—Ott, Anderson 4-1-2 (32 shots-31 saves). Det, Howard 3-4-1 (8-5), Gustavsson (14:14 first, 20-17).