NHL suspends Scott two games for role in brawl

Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored power-play goals, and the Sharks emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Sunday night.

The NHL has suspended John Scott two games for his role in Sunday night’s line brawl between the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday.

NHL Player Safety on Twitter: “John Scott has been suspended for leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change to start an altercation. Video: http://t.co/aJ3pqL8WDp”

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With just over six minutes remaining in the Sharks’ 4-1 victory over the Ducks, Scott came off the bench to instigate a fight with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman, sparking a line brawl between the Pacific Division rivals.

The six-foot-eight enforcer was dealt a game misconduct for leaving the bench on an illegal line change.

Chris Johnston on Twitter: “John Scott will forfeit $17,073.18 in salary for his two-game suspension.”

Leaving the bench on an illegal line change does not result in an automatic suspension, however, so the Scott incident does not fall in the same category as the Rule 70.10 infraction committed by Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson in the 2013 pre-season.

Clarkson hopped the bench last year to fight Scott and was automatically given a 10-game ban.

Scott is no stranger to supplementary discipline. He served a seven-game suspension last October for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson.

He has one goal and 22 penalty minutes in five games played this season.

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