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.
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.
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.