ANAHEIM -- John Scott will have a hearing with NHL Player Safety on Monday afternoon for leaving the bench during a legal line change to start an altercation in the Sharks’ 4-1 win over the Ducks on Sunday at Honda Center.
According to a source, the hearing will be over the phone, so Scott cannot get more than a five-game suspension.
The incident falls under NHL Rule 70.2, which states:
“A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation may be subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.”
At 13:56 of the third period, Scott went after the Ducks’ Tim Jackman, who earlier had jumped Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Scott was issued a minor penalty for leaving the bench, a minor for instigation, a fighting major and a game misconduct.
After the game, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan indicated that he disagreed with the call.
“I don’t know how they came up with that. It’s a mistake. He was clearly on the ice. There was an icing call, it was waived off, and he was already engaged,” McLellan said.
Scott declined to speak with the media after the game. He has been suspended once in his career, seven games last season for catching Boston's Loui Eriksson with an illegal check to the head.
In Feb. 2013, the Sharks’ Ryane Clowe was suspended two games for a similar incident.
San Jose's John Scott will have a hearing this afternoon for leaving the players' bench on a legal line change to start an altercation.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 27, 2014