Noted enforcer John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres was invited to an in-person hearing with the NHL to review his illegal hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson, a shot that left Erikson injured.
The game took an ugly turn 5:49 into the third when Eriksson took a direct hit to the head in the neutral zone from Scott. Eriksson was helped to the Boston locker room and did not return. Scott received a five-minute major for an illegal check and then a five-minute fighting major.
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid fought Scott following the hit, and Krug scored his second goal of the period minutes later to give Boston a 5-2 cushion.
"We needed to score and we did, so that was a big goal for us, and we kept playing our game right 'til the end," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Julien had no update regarding Eriksson after the game, saying only that Eriksson was being observed by trainers.
"Obviously, it's disappointing that a key player gets hurt, and I know that there's history here, but it's a guy (Scott) who plays about two to three minutes a game and targets your best player, I guess, one of your best players, that kind of thing," Julien said. "The referees called it the way I guess everybody saw it.
"So it's unfortunate, but now the guy who did it did his job tonight. He's out there for two reasons, and that's either to fight or hurt, so he did his job tonight."
The Bruins coach said his team would use the hit as motivation, just as the Sabres did two years ago after a questionable hit from the Bruins. In November 2011, Lucic injured Ryan Miller when he hit the goalie outside of the crease.
"It is what it is, and it's unfortunate," Julien said.
Sabres coach Ron Rolston had no comment regarding the hit.