McQuaid steps to Scott "to stick up for" Eriksson

McQuaid steps to Scott "to stick up for" Eriksson
October 24, 2013, 10:30 am
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BUFFALO – Adam McQuaid isn’t small man by any means.

But even the 6-foot-5 defenseman is giving up height and poundage when he goes toe-to-toe with Buffalo Sabres thug John Scott. That didn’t matter on Wednesday night after Scott targeted Loui Eriksson with a blind side cheap shot to the head. Scott was slapped with a pair of five minute majors, and has a TBA in-person hearing scheduled with the NHL Player Safety Department that will likely yield a lengthy suspension.

But in the immediate aftermath of the dirty Scott hit, McQuaid made a b-line for the 6-foot-8 Scott and dropped the gloves with the Buffalo behemoth. The two threw a few punches at each other before McQuaid threw Scott to the ice, and the Bruins defenseman said he’d do it all over again in an instant.

“I was on the ice and I was kind of behind the play. I saw it happen, but I haven’t seen it since,” said McQuaid. “It’s just reaction on a play like that. You don’t want to see guys hit like that. He was kind of trying to get up afterwards, and it’s hard to watch that.

“You want to make sure that you’re there for each other, and that you stick up for each other.”

Amazingly, McQuaid ended up with more penalty minutes than Scott stemming from the incident given the 17 PIMs customary with an instigator call. But McQuaid acted appropriately in going after Scott following the cheap head shot, and the Bruins gained the best revenge by potting a Torey Krug goal to finish off a Sabres team for their tenth loss of the season in 11 games.

“It’s always been a part of our strength that whether it’s sticking up for yourself or a teammate, that response is always going to be there,” said Milan Lucic. “It was definitely the right response. Kudos to Quaider for stepping up, especially against that guy [Scott] where it’s never easy or never fun.”

Sometimes it’s not easy or fun to step up for one of your teammates, but that’s what makes it all the more important that McQuaid did exactly that once he saw Eriksson go down in a heap following the head shot.