Mikhail Grabovski will have a hearing tomorrow morning with the National Hockey League over an alleged biting incident in last night’s 6-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The issue took place in a chippy penalty-filled third period when the Toronto Maple Leaf forward and Montreal’s Max Pacioretty began mixing it up. Pacioretty put his hand towards the face of Grabovski during a scrum.
Pacioretty was visibly upset after the parties were separated and was seen showing his wrist/hand to the referee. He also threw his helmet down the tunnel in anger as he left the ice. Montreal was badly outplayed last night by Toronto and their frustrations were clearly evident in the final frame.
Biting incidents are nothing new to the NHL as in 2009 Jarkko Ruutu, then of the Ottawa Senators, was suspended two games for biting Andrew Peters, who was playing for the Buffalo Sabres at the time. More recently in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows was alleged to have bitten Patrice Bergeron in an altercation. However, Burrows was not suspended after it was determined he did not do it intentionally.