Ice Hockey - Scott banned for seven games

Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott has received a seven-game suspension for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson in an October 23 game.

Ice Hockey - Scott banned for seven games

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Buffalo Sabre, John Scott (32) checks Boston Bruin, Loui Eriksson (21) during third period action against at the First Niagara Center on Wednesday

Scott had been suspended indefinitely while awaiting his in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety. He already has served three of the seven games.

The 31-year-old Scott delivered an illegal check to Eriksson's head at 5:49 of the third period and received a match penalty. He also was fined $26,923.05.

Scott will be eligible to return on November 8 when the Sabres play the Anaheim Ducks. He has no points in seven games this season.

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenseman Alexei Emelin to a four-year, $16.4 million contract extension.

Emelin, who is in the final season of a two-year contract, would have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season.

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will miss Friday's game against the host Philadelphia Flyers because of an upper body injury, coach Adam Oates announced.

Ovechkin was injured during Monday's loss to the Vancouver Canucks when he crashed headfirst into the goalie and net early in the game. The Capitals have not revealed the exact nature of Ovechkin's injury but said it is not a concussion.

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The Philadelphia Flyers have traded centre Maxime Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for right winger Steve Downie.

Downie returns to the Flyers, who selected him in the first round of the 2005 draft. He has seven points and was plus-4 while playing on Colorado's top line through 11 games this season.

Talbot has just one goal and one assist in 11 games this season. The 29-year-old has 77 goals and 154 points in 515 games with the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, Denver police said.

The Russian-born Varlamov turned himself into police around 6 p.m. Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued for second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

The Avalanche have seven wins with Varlamov in goal this season and are off to a surprising 10-1 start under new coach Patrick Roy.

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