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NHL pushes back Grabovski biting discussion to Monday morning

Feb 10, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

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Apparently Brendan Shanahan need a little more time to chew on the case of Mikhail Grabovski‘s in-game diet.

The league originally planned to speak with Grabovski, 29, about Saturday’s biting incident with Max Pacioretty, 24, this afternoon. Now it appears that the telephone conversation will happen at 11 a.m. ET, according to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.

(One more requisite bad joke: scheduling this meeting before lunch might be to Grabovski’s peril.)

The bite happened in the third period of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 6-0 blowout of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (see the video here). Montreal helped add some evidence to the case by sending in a photo of Pacioretty’s chomped-on forearm, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports.

Want a brief history of attempted hockey cannibalism? NHL Network flashed this useful graphic of recent biting incidents.

June 1, 2011: Alex Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron, no suspension
Oct. 9, 2009: Scott Hartnell bit Kris Letang, no suspension
Jan. 7, 2009: Jarkko Ruutu bit Andrew Peters, two-game suspension
Nov. 27, 2003: Marc Savard bit Darcy Tucker, one-game suspension

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I dont care for either team.

    Im also not a biter, but if someone put their hand all over my face/mouth/nose in a scrum like that, i’d do what i had to do to get it off, including (and most likely) biting the hell outta his hand so he pulls it away.

    I dont think he should receive punishment. You dont want your hand bit? Dont stick it in other peoples faces. People might say “oh, but ‘face washing’ is a part of the game.” Well it shouldnt be.

    • crosberries - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Oh but face washing is a part of the game!!!

      • crosberries - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Ahh the 2009 season what a great year something 90% of flyer fans have never felt before

  2. jaybird22seven - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I hope we can see the pictures

  3. dkphilly1122 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Leave it up to a Pen’s fan to fall back on the past…..yet they always manage to say “1977” to Flyer fans. The past is the past, let it go. We are in the year 2013, neither team is the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Let the season play out troll.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:06 AM


  4. bcjim - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I guess Shanny want to digest the details before convening the meeting.

  5. mclovinhockey - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    dont forget Marc Savard and Dan Carcillo!!!!!! best reason to bite ever
    Savard said carcillo tried to rip his teeth out (with one hand)… just saying. that was in 2010

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I only saw the last 5 minutes and I have no idea what happened for this game to get so out of control. You could definitely see the bite marks on the Canadien player. I’m surprised no one is talking about what Colton Orr did, a Canadiens player knocked his stick out of his hands, 30 seconds later he took a massive blue line to blue line surge at the Canadiens player (not sure whether it was the one who knocked his stick away) the Habs player saw him at the last second and stepped out of the way of the lunging Orr (who left his feet) but if he hadn’t we would be talking about yet another head shot today. And leave it to Don Cherry afterwards to talk about how great it was and brag that the NHL can’t do anything to him cause he didn’t hit him.

    What happened prior in the game to lead to these things? Cause I refuse to think a player would go that out of his way to charge at an opponent over having his stick knocked away.

  7. michiganhockey11 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    He shouldn’t have bit his hand, but you can’t go throwing your hand in a guys face and expect nothing to happen. We can all agree that the next time the Leafs and Habs play, that is a must watch game.

  8. pwilson264 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    LOVE BITES, what’s that, two for bitting, or 5 min major.

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