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Video: Grabovski accused of biting Pacioretty in Leafs’ big win

Feb 9, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 6-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens produced at least two shocking sights on Saturday night. One was the score; the other happened when Mikhail Grabovski seemingly snacked on Max Pacioretty‘s hand:

That was the wildest moment from a game that unraveled, especially in the third period. Take a gander at the penalty summary from the final frame alone:

1:09 – Mark Fraser fought Brandon Prust
7:59 – Michael Kostka fought Brenden Gallagher (instigator included)
11:30 – Both Grabovski and Brandon Prust received minor penalties and were ejected during the munching melee. Pacioretty was also tossed.
12:17 – A benign hold from Tomas Plekanec.
15:01 – Josh Gorges fought Frazer McLaren. Colton Orr was handed a game misconduct for roughing Rene Bourque.
19:14 – Bourque also received a game misconduct.

Well, that escalated quickly.

It’s anyone’s guess how Brendan Shanahan might punish (or avoid punishing) Grabovski, 29, for the incident.

For one example, the Bergen Record’s Tom Guilliti recalls when Derian Hatcher allegedly bit Travis Zajac during a Jan. 4, 2008 contest between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils. Hatcher’s supposed nibble apparently made Zajac bleed but didn’t leave bite marks, so the tough defenseman got off the hook.

Pacioretty, 24, just seems like a magnet for strange twists like these. He bounced back from that infamous Zdeno Chara hit, just recovered from an emergency appendectomy and now experienced this odd exchange.

This isn’t the only time biting accusations have come up lately, by the way. Chris Stewart accused Derek Dorsett of doing so on Jan. 31 while a Swiss player was fined for biting John Tavares in the late stages of the lockout.

This concludes a 3-0-0 road trip for the Maple Leafs. In case you’re wondering, the next game between the Habs and Buds takes place on Feb. 27.

  1. 8man - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Very sad about not seeing the Bs tonite. Saw that this tilt was on and left it on NHLNet. Not much of a game, but a lot of entertainment. Just a brutal game for the Habs.

  2. pete387 - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Canadiens fans call 911. The Montreal police should be filing charges against Grabovski.

    • jkaplan11 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      HAHAHA, that’s an original one! Call 911 – Hilarious!!!! Did you come up with that? Genius!

      • pete387 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Sure got a reaction from you. I guess getting schooled by Kessel and Reimer hurts.

      • gallyhatch - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        While it’s not very original, it’s still damn funny!

    • valoisvipers - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      I tried calling 911 but they are still only taking calls about Chara’s hit on Max.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Grabo is so hated in Montreal, I’m sure this case file will be waiting on the Quebec Attorney General’s desk for Monday morning.

      • badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        The RCMP is still working on David Winfield’s beaning of a bird in the outf ield. This Canada where you can go on a bus , cut someone’s head almost clean off and you get no jail time. But you hurt a dog or cat and it’s 5 years in fed pen in the cooler.
        They better check Max for hoof and mouth disease.Farm boys, farm animals, nervous farm animals…………..

    • badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      why should they ? Every year for the past 5 years some canadian thug bites another player. They need to HIV test all these thugs, I’ve had enough of these MMA BS. No more NHL. They should have cancelled the season forever..Pathetic.

  3. buffalo65 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Whatever, a couple of nothing teams.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      …says the guy whose team has less points than either of these “nothings.”

    • valoisvipers - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      With your screen name I wouldn’t talk about nothing teams.You know what they say about people that live in glass houses, now don’t you.

      • tightbutth0le - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        Don’t masturbate in the daytime?

    • 8man - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      One of those “nothing” teams played like it meant “something.”

    • thewfibro - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      at least we have people who come out to our games. I’m sorry what? 99% of buffalo’s attendance is Leafs fans? Well, guess its a home game.

  4. Stiller43 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    If he put his hand in my face like that, i woulda bit a finger off.

    He got off easy.

  5. sjtorpitt - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Really Buffalo95? Coming from the guy who’s team is last in the division.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    What, is Pacioretty going to spend his entire career getting into a bit of hurly burly then running to the refs when things don’t work…tres Canadien!

    • thewfibro - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      what do you expect bro? It’s quebec, you know they’re just gonna whine about absolutely EVERYTHING!

  7. betrayedbylife - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    genuinely surprised pacioretty doesn’t wear nail polish.

    • mclovinhockey - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      yup, he only got a broken neck and returned from surgery weeks faster than anyone imagined… he must be a wuss.

  8. arbruins - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Hey, where’s Habsman?

  9. buffalo65 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    How much does it suck to cheer for a team lead by Kessel,(who wants out) and Phaneuf, (who wants out but no one wants him)?

    • andrewsabourin13 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Whatever you say Damien Cox

    • thewfibro - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      and how much does it suck to cheer for a team lead by….. sorry im blanking… who plays for buffalo again???

      • drewzducks - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Vanek and a pile of sh&@.

  10. augsburg12 - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Children…. Children… no biting use your head

  11. nosefacekillah - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Am I the only one that does not see a bite? Pacioretty appears to grab his face and Grabovski reacts. This appears to be more wishful thinking by Montreal.

    3 straight loses to NE opponents and the Canadians magical ride to the Cup suddenly hits a wall. The Gallies have one point between them in 4 games and are in the minus, time to look elsewhere for the answers.

    In such a short season these rough patches are scarey. As bad as Buffalo started they are only 2 points behind the Canadians. If the Sabres played a little defense the bleu blanc et rouge would be sitting on the bottom of the NE.

  12. buddysguys - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    rutuu bit peters once in a buf v car game….

  13. dbarnes79 - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    It looks like Grabovski’s mouth and nose are covered and maybe he panicked cause he couldn’t breath.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      I agree with you completely it was the first thing I noted ! By all accounts this is his defense and it is justified !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Secondly you can’t wrap your bear like wrist around a guys nose and mouth and then complain his teeth may have touched your arm ! The Montreal player is guilty of embellishing the teeth ! Get in the box 2 minutes for embellishing the bite !

  14. mclovinhockey - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    @buffalo… Yup, 2 nothing teams. Both doing better than the sabres, both teams with a lot more cups than them as well. A original 6 teams who are the most historic franchises in the sport. One of those two teams home town is the place where hockey was created. The first game ever with 9 players on the ice per team at a time and a square puck, but yeah they are two nothing teams….. Moron

  15. seanaveryrules - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I’m sure he will get off easy. Not like either team is really worth discussing. Both are absolutely GARBAGE

    • mclovinhockey - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      its funny cause I said the same thing about buffalo, but here it goes.

      both teams are doing better than the Rangers. So show a bit of respect to the two most historic teams in the league who are the two teams with the most amount of cups

  16. pwilson264 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    hey, if mike tison can do it, yum, yum.

  17. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I love how leafs fans win one game and get all smug haha

    • andrewsabourin13 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      actually the Leafs have won 7 games…

  18. WatchThis - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Biters should be put down.

  19. patrickkeenan91 - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    League must 1. Prohibit and enforce no hands in opponents faces, period 2. admit that biting is not always defensive as implied by both commentators on NBC today… then again they’re both from an era where helmets were just being made mandatory, not long after goalies were suckified for wearing masks…

    see link:

  20. arbruins - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Pacioretty should leave his hands where they belong….dirty just like the rest of the Habs!

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