San Jose Sharks forward John Scott is clearly on the naughty list. He’s awaiting a call from the NHL’s Department of Player safety after his unexpected attack on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Tim Jackman.
Scott blindsided Jackman in the second period of Monday night’s game. The two players collided as Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersson gloved the puck. Without warning, Scott swung his hand at Jackman’s head. The butt-end of Scott’s stick appeared to catch Jackman on the jaw. The hit sent the Ducks blueliner down to the ice, where he remained motionless for several minutes.
No penalty was called on the play by referees Greg Kimmerly and Jean Hebert. Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was penalized for interference with netminder Frederik Andersen during that sequence.
Jackman did not return to the game.
Scott and Jackman have a history. They’ve fought twice this year, with Scott once leaving the bench to go after Jackman.
Since it’s a phone hearing, Scott can only be suspended for up to five games. He is a repeat offender, having been suspended twice before. Scott sat for two games after leaving the bench to start an altercation with Jackman earlier this season. Last year, he missed seven games for an illegal check to the head of Boston’s Loui Eriksson.
Scott’s phone hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. It looks like he’ll be opening one present early this year.