Sabres forward John Scott has been suspended seven games by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his hit to the head of Bruins forward Loui Eriksson.
The hit took place on Oct. 23 in Buffalo, and Scott was suspended indefinitely following the hit, so he's already served three games of the ban. He'll be eligible to return to action on Nov. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks. In the meantime, he'll forfeit $26,923.05 to the NHL's Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here's video of the hit, complete with the NHL's ruling:
"While Eriksson is eligible to be checked on this play, he is not eligible to be checked in this fashion," league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said, "and while this is not an elbow to the head, the follow through that occurs after contact indicates to us a significant level of force delivered on this illegal check to the head."
Shanahan said that Eriksson did not alter his body before the hit, and that the onus is on Scott to make sure the head is not the principal point of contact. Scott has never been fined or suspended in 187 NHL games, in which he's delivered over 200 hits, an argument that Shanahan says helped him, but also takes away "any argument" that his 6'8 frame led to a head hit on Eriksson in this instance.
Eriksson remains out of the Bruins lineup with a concussion.