Chicago Blackhawks: Zack Stortini
November, 9, 2010
By Jesse Rogers
Chicago Blackhawks winger John Scott had an eventful game on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers, especially for someone who only saw nine shifts and played 5:38.
AP Photo/Brian KerseyJohn Scott doesn't like the way Edmonton's Zack Stortini plays the game, and he told him about it Sunday.
Scott fought Oilers' forward Zack Stortini in his best performance without the gloves to date.
"It was a good one," Scott recalled on Tuesday. "Me and him have a history. I don't like how he plays the game. He kind of just runs around and runs his mouth, so it was nice to get a few fair swings at him where he wasn't hugging me or trying to hold my arms down. It was a good fight."
Scott landed the majority of blows while Stortini ended up with his jersey over his head.
The teams face each other again on Nov. 16 in Edmonton.
Scott's interesting night didn't end there. He earned a plus-1 for being on the ice for the Hawks' only goal by Fernando Pisani. He also caused a power play chance for his team, and he nearly lit the lamp.
"I think I would have had a goal for sure," Scott said. "[Nikolai] Khabibulin kind of tripped coming across the crease on the second broken stick. It was a wide open net. It was really frustrating."
Scott is referencing one of three hockey sticks that broke on him in the first period. Twice, as he was going to shoot, his stick broke in half, and then he was slashed by Shawn Horcoff of the Oilers.
"I came off the bench after breaking the second one and told [Marty] Turco, ‘God, I don't have any more sticks if I break this one,'" Scott explained. "And he's like, ‘Watch, you are going to break it on your next shift.' And sure enough I went out there and did."
Scott only had three sticks with him at the game, so the Hawks equipment staff had to move into high gear after he broke the second one. They made a new one mid-game.
"They cut it, taped it, did the knob, everything, so they had one waiting," Scott said.
Some players can borrow a stick from a teammate, but when you're 6-8, there aren't many players, if any, who have a stick your size.
"Yeah, there is no way I'm going to pick up like [Jonathan] Toews' or [Patrick] Kane's stick," Scott joked. "No way."