The Bruins' 5-2 win over the Sabres on Wednesday night in Buffalo was overshadowed by a hit to the head of Loui Eriksson by Sabres enforcer/goon John Scott that left Eriksson woozy and knocked him out of the game.
Eriksson had released the puck in neutral ice early in the third period when Scott landed what appeared to be an elbow to Eriksson's head. Eriksson was very wobbly as he was helped off the ice and did not return. Scott was given a game misconduct.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement that Eriksson would stay overnight in Buffalo for precautionary reasons and that he is expected to return to Boston on Thursday.
Meeting with reporters after the game, Claude Julien said that he had no update on Eriksson's condition, but that the injury was "obviously serious enough to not return. We're giving our trainers their space to evaluate him."
Asked about Scott, Julien told reporters, "The guy that did it did his job tonight, I guess. He's there to do two things -- to fight and to hurt. He did both of those things."
Right after the hit to Eriksson, Adam McQuaid took issue with the hulking Scott (6-foot-8, 259), drawing an instigator penalty, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. Scott was given a five-minute major for fighting and a five-minute major for charging.
In 187 career games, Scott has one goal, four assists and 315 penalty minutes. This season, he has no points and one shot on goal in seven games.