Phil Kessel has a record now, and while noted pugilist John Scott is fine with that, he doesn’t necessarily hold anything against the Maple Leafs forward, either.
Kessel was suspended three games Tuesday for his role in an on-ice altercation Sunday night between the Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres. Kessel and Scott did some pushing and shoving before Scott dropped his gloves and went after the much smaller Kessel. The Toronto forward’s natural instinct was to whack at Scott’s legs with his stick and then get one more chop in once Scott was being tackled by Kessel’s Toronto teammate.
The three-game ban that was handed down to Kessel will ensure that he misses the rest of the preseason, but it won’t cost one of the club’s most important players any time in the regular season. That’s fine by Scott, who sounds ready to get on with life more than anything else.
“I’m fine with it,” he said when asked about the suspension, according to the Buffalo News. “It’s one of those things he’s just prot