By Mike Harrington
TORONTO -- The video doesn't lie. John Scott scored a goal Friday night. I even wrote most of a story about just that because it was so far and away the talking point of the Sabres' 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs in Air Canada Centre.
It came at 7:53 of the first period on a Matt Ellis rebound. Second goal of his career, in his 200th NHL game. His first goal came for Minnesota, way back in November, 2009. (Scott joked he's had a lot of healthy scratches in his career and that's why he's only at 200 games).
There is some discrepancy who Jonathan Bernier joined in getting burned by a Scott goal. Scott said he beat Canes frontliner Cam Ward while one box score I saw said Michael Leighton played in the game and another I found said Ward. The Wild's site said Leighton as well. Hmmm.
Scott's postgame presser was a riot. He talked about how he always seems to do "special stuff" in this building, referring to the September brawl and his November blast at Toronto's captain as "Princess Phaneuf."
One thing I didn't get in my story was Scott getting back to the bench and listening in on Rob Ray talking about the goal on MSG from his between-the-benches perch.
"He was just going through what a natural goal scorer I was," Scott said. "It was funny. I was listening to his commentary talking to RJ [Rick Jeanneret] and I was just giggling to myself because he's terrible at it."
(Scott, of course, is the master of the deadpan and we all know Ray is far from terrible and has developed into a darn good rinkside analyst. Just look at how Ray pounced all over the ButtGoal that won Monday's game against Phoenix as soon as it happened and before MSG even ran any replays. That was some great television.)
After the goal, Leafs tough guy Colton Orr tried to goad Scott into a fight. He wasn't buying it. When the Sabres got behind, 3-2, Scott tried to engage Orr. No dice.
Said Scott: "He said no and I said no."
You can click the top of the post to see Scott's goal (and Matt Moulson's 52 seconds earlier that opened the scoring). And click below to hear Scott's session with reporters.
The Sabres score twice in 53 seconds in the first period -- including John Scott's first goal as a Sabre. (MSG/Sabres.com)