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John Scott demolishes Mikhail Grabovski; Was the hit clean? You decide

Sharks winger John Scott knocked Isles center Mikhail Grabovski out of their game Thursday night with a massive body check. Was it clean? See for yourself.

John Scott’s brief career as a member of the San Jose Sharks has already led to headlines both good and not-so-good. In his first game with the organization Tuesday, the enforcer scored (after scoring just twice in 236 career NHL games before that) – but Thursday on Long Island, the Sharks winger was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, levelling Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski with a check that knocked him out of the game.

Grabovski was picking up the puck and in the process of turning when Scott skated into him, flattening the Belarusian pivot. Scott almost sheepishly made the hit, being careful not to leave his feet, but he still caught Grabovski completely unaware. Judge for yourself whether the hit was clean:

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If there was one positive from the situation, it’s that Grabovski wasn’t allowed to return to the game. He’s had a history of that type of behavior.