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We all know sports can get ugly. Sometimes athletes cross the line between sticking up for their team or themselves, and being just plain stupid. Biting an opponent is no joke, and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski may have gotten away with one.
Grabovski had a disciplinary hearing today with the NHL for an incident involving the Toronto center and Montreal winger Max Pacioretty, in which Grabovski appeared to bite Pacioretty in the forearm. The video evidence was disputable though, and according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the NHL was unable to suspend Grabovski.
No supplemental discipline for TOR’s Mikhail Grabovski. NHL says it could not determine conclusively Grabovski bit Pacioretty.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 11, 2013
The video evidence is very inconclusive, but here’s a good look at the incident in question.
Pacioretty had his arm around Grabovski’s mouth in a scrum, which seems like a pretty ugly situation. But if Grabovski did indeed go for the bite, rather than pull Pacioretty’s arm away, that is beyond classless.
“That doesn’t belong in our sport,” said Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges after the game. “If you get in there, stand up for yourself, be a man, drop your gloves and you’ll have respect.
“But bite somebody? That doesn’t belong in our league.”
After the NHL could find no conclusive evidence, it seems the world may never know what truly happened.
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It's no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens do not get along. It's also no secret that teams get chippy during one-sided blowouts, as the game between the two teams on Saturday night demonstrated in clear fashion. In a melee along the boards at about 11:30 into the third period, Max Pacioretty decided to put Mikhail Grabovski into a headlock....
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski will face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Monday amid biting allegations.
Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty said Grabovski bit him during a fight at 11:30 of the third period in Toronto's 6-0 victory over Montreal on Saturday.
Grabovski faces a hearing with the league's department of player safety, which was initially...
The NHL has an interesting policy on wanting to know when things happened - you know, when evidence is present. An ejection from the game for a major match penalty? Nah. You don't need evidence at that moment... maybe the next day when you decide if you should rescind a penalty. Do you need evidence to know if a disallowed goal is a mistake? No. A high stick or a kicked in puck...
NEW YORK (February 11, 2013) – Following a telephone hearing conducted this morning, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has decided not to assess Supplemental Discipline to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski for an incident that occurred during NHL Game No. 160 Saturday night in Montreal.
After interviewing both players involved in the incident...
Per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the NHL found "insufficient evidence" to assess any supplemental discipline to Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski for the biting incident in Toronto's 6-0 victory over Montreal on Saturday night.
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Things got a little heated in one of the NHL’s best rivalries Saturday night, and an alleged biting incident has drawn the attention of the NHL.
Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski is scheduled to have a Sunday hearing with the league after he appeared to bite Montreal’s Max Pacioretty during a heated scrum late in Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night.
Montreal Canadiens forward is taking every precaution to make sure he’s OK, and perhaps give the NHL a little bit more information after he was allegedly bit by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.
According to The Associated Press, Pacioretty got a tetanus shot after Grabovski allegedly bit him in the third period of the Maple Leafs’ 6-0 win over the Canadiens on Saturday...
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The NHL ruled Monday that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski will not be suspended for allegedly biting Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty during Saturday’s game in Montreal.
Pacioretty was behind Grabovski with his arm across Grabovski’s face during a scuffle in Toronto’s 6-0 win. The video of the skirmish is below. Grabovski...
Did Mikhail Grabovski bite Max Pacioretty?
Grabovski received 2 for roughing and a 10, Pacioretty just a 10.
Therrien on Grabovski/Pacioretty: "I saw the bite, it’s clear on the video, I’m sure the league is going to pay attention to that" #Habs
— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) February 10, 2013
Max Pacioretty says he got a tetanus shot after an alleged bite by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.
The Montreal Canadiens winger emerged from a skirmish during Toronto's 6-0 victory Saturday showing his arm to the officials and claiming that Grabovski bit him.
Asked if he needed a tetanus shot, Pacioretty said he had one after the game as a precaution.