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John Scott sticks in the lineup, calls out Blues' Ryan Reaves

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- John Scott's attempt to fight Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday was his latest failure at trying to find a willing opponent this season.

And, he's getting sick of it.

Scott will be back in the lineup Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets as he and Steve Montador make up the final defensive pairing for the Hawks for the second game in a row.

Scott wanted to get Reaves (6-1, 229 pounds) for spearing and fighting Daniel Carcillo and running Patrick Kane.

"He fought Carcillo and he's about 60 pounds heavier than Carcillo. If he wants to fight somebody, he should fight someone in his weight class, and that's me," Scott said. "He's always been scared of me."

Here's the video of the fight between Carcillo and Reaves:

Scott said he approached Reaves, but all they did was trade barbs.

"Just the same old stuff, 'I'm not fighting you. You're terrible.' Blah, blah, blah," Scott said. "I was asking the linesman why he was being such a girl about it. I can't find a fight for the life of me this year. It's been a frustrating year in that regard."

He won't just jump a guy.

"I'm not going take an instigator penalty and put the team on the penalty kill," Scott said. "You just kind of have to wait and be patient. I'll pick my spot. If I get them, I'll take care of it."

Scott was happy to get extended minutes in the loss against the Blues. Coach Joel Quenneville said he wanted to see if Scott could handle regular minutes, playing him a season-high 11:16.

"It felt good," Scott said. "I was a little rusty in the first period, but I think as the game went on I felt better and started making some better plays. I felt solid out there."

Quenneville felt the same way. He simply likes Scott. That's why he's playing again.

"I didn't mind his game," Quenneville said. "I think he's really grown this year. There is a lot of improvement in his game. He looks like he's quicker. He's handling the puck better."

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What do you need Scott ?? An engraved invitation ?? Knocking his block moff right at the moment would have sent the message that if you go after our stars you will pay the price. Screw the penalty worries

Those are very bad news. Hope this situation will be fixed! Regards!

Yeah. Reaves ran Kane, then beat the crap out of Carcillo, then ignored the goon as his team shut out the goon's team. John Scott sounds like he would have fit nicely into the NHL, fifteen years ago. Different game today.

Scott needs to quit being a bitch

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