by Amy Moritz
Of course John Scott's first game back from his first NHL suspension would be against Toronto. Why wouldn't it be?
Friday night will be the first meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and the Maple Leafs since the infamous preseason brawl which featured a fight between Scott and Phil Kessel. But Scott doesn't see it as a major storyline.
"I think it's being blown out of proportion with this game," Scott said after the Sabres practice at First Niagara Center Thursday morning. "It's something that happened in the preseason. I don't think much is going to happen from it."
As for interim coach Ted Nolan, that incident has no impact on his approach to this weekend's home-and-home series with the Leafs.
"They want to carry over, they can do it," Nolan said. "I have nothing to carry over. I wasn't there. I'm brand new."
Scott coming off a seven-game suspension for his hit to the head of Boston's Loui Eriksson. He said he's not worried about how the league may or may not scrutinize him.
"I'm not worried about the league," Scott said. "I'm going to play my game. If they want to worry about that, that's them. I'm going to play my game. I'm not worried about it all. Nothing has changed in my game and my eyes, maybe just be a little careful hitting at times."
And playing his physical, hard-hitting game is what Scott heard from his new head coach.
Nolan "wants me to play my game, go out there and hit, actually not be too concerned about fighting," Scott said. "He wants me to be a hockey player, be responsible and physical and go from there."
Click below to hear Scott's session with reporters today: