Sunday, November 19, 2017
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New stage for former enforcer

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Not a lot of things rattle John Scott.

Come on. He was a 6-foot-8, 260-pound NHL enforcer.

Then he tried acting — and was terrified.

"It’s a different kind of nerves," Scott said. "I’ve been in front of big stadiums, I’ve fist-fought tough guys and that’s nerve-wracking. It’s so much different walking on to a stage where you’re the new guy and you don’t really know what to do."

The lovable lug who made headlines for fans voting him into the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and then winning MVP honors is now 35, retired and considering his next move. Although Scott enjoyed taping an episode of the CBS drama S.W.A.T. and will likely make a cameo appearance in the movie about his story, A Guy Like Me, he won’t star as himself or pursue an acting career.

"I don’t even know if I’m good, so I could just be terrible," Scott said. "I think it went well, but I was super nervous and uncomfortable for the first like hour and a half, so we hopefully scrapped all those takes and used the good ones. But it was weird."

Right now, family is his focus after his wife, Danielle, gave birth to the couple’s fifth child in late August. Scott said he’s "just changing diapers, man," while he does some book signings and speaking engagements.

Scott’s brief foray into acting came as a random happenstance when a current NHL player friend couldn’t do the S.W.A.T. episode because of training camp. A relationship with a producer’s brother got him an audition. The veteran of eight NHL seasons and 44 fights nailed his lines and then taped the episode in which he played a hated opposing player who needed protection while in town.

"I had no idea the amount of work that goes into doing a television show," Scott said. "I just figured you wrote the script and there was a couple of guys with cameras and you just go on set and then you go. It’s amazing the amount of people and the amount of work and the effort that goes into doing even one take."

Scott plans to rent out a room at a bar or restaurant to watch the episode with family and friends when it airs Nov. 30.

CROSBY ENDS DROUGHT: Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary’s game-winner 16 seconds into overtime as the host Penguins beat the Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night. Crosby scored his sixth of the season, Sheary had a pair of goals and Patric Hornqvist added one for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel got his eighth of the season and has goals in four straight games. Kessel, the team’s leading scorer, has at least one point in five straight games — and 16 of 20 this season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Zach Werenski scored 1:09 into overtime, lifting the visiting Blue Jackets over the Canadiens 2-1. Josh Anderson had a goal 2:29 into the game for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves, allowing only a goal to Paul Byron early in the third period. Charlie Lindgren, making his fifth consecutive start for Montreal, stopped 23 shots. Werenski beat him with a wrist shot to the roof of the net on his glove side. Anderson got his team-leading seventh goal after Montreal’s Brandon Davidson tipped Markus Nutivaara’s point shot right to Anderson. Davidson was also at fault seconds earlier when Nutivaara intercepted his failed clearance at the blue line. … Jonathan Huberdeau had two power-play goals and Vincent Trocheck scored the winner in a shootout to lift the host Panthers over the Stars 4-3. Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation and the shootout for the Panthers. Jamie Benn had two goals for Dallas, which visits the Lightning on Thursday, and Remi Elie also scored. Alexander Radulov added two assists for the Stars and has at least one point in nine straight games.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Oilers acquired Mike Cammalleri from the Kings in exchange for Jussi Jokinen. Cammalleri, 35, has had three goals and four assists in 15 games. Jokinen, 34, has one assist in 14 games.

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