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. Fair enough. That happens all of the time in fights. However, the headlock happened to involve Pacioretty's ungloved hand and forearm being draped right in front of Grabovski's mouth.
Obviously, if you're silly enough to put bare skin practically into someone's mouth during a scrum, then you're inviting someone to -- on purpose or not -- take a taste. It's not clear from the video that Grabovski did in fact chomp down, but Pacioretty's making that face for a reason.
First, biting is gross. Second, don't put body parts inside of someone's mouth and not expect this to happen. There's not really conclusive proof, so I'd be surprised if discipline czar Brendan Shanahan doles out punishment. As it stands, it's just another embarrassing aspect of a terrible loss by Montreal.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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.
will update with game preview
The HQ knows that when the Habs and Leafs go at it, that there is not enough hate in the world to tell you what it means...
It went to another level over the weekend in this scrum involving Max Pacioretty and Mikhail Grabovsky...
The National Hockey League is now treating it like an instant replay call- since there wasn't enough evidence to overturn...
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