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No discipline for Grabovski after alleged biting incident

Feb 11, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

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Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski will not be disciplined for Saturday’s alleged biting incident in Montreal.

The NHL announced today that it “could not determine conclusively” that Grabovski chomped Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty

As part of its investigation, the league interviewed both players and reviewed all available video and medical reports.

Pacioretty said he received a tetanus shot following the game as a precaution.

The ruling won’t come as a surprise to Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, who said he didn’t believe Grabovski actually bit Pacioretty.

“Then,” Carlyle said, “the bottom line is it’s got to be conclusive, right?”

  1. mclovinhockey - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Free cannibal

  2. hockeyflow33 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Pacioretty’s eye-gouge from behind had to mitigate the biting as well

  3. jjregan21 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Playing for the leafs is punishment enough

  4. stakex - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Hey, if Pacioretty didn’t have his fingers all over Grabovski’s face and mouth… this never would have happened anyway.

    • loinstache - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      That’s lame, Canucks fans argue the same when Bergeron fish hooked Burrows… thought this site reviled biters?

      • sunderlanding - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        It’s not the same thing. Burrows moved his head toward the finger and bit into it. Grabovski’s whole face was covered by Pacioretty’s arm. He was probably having trouble even breathing.

      • loinstache - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Do you watch hockey? Do you see how many times players get face-washed? Make sure your rose coloured glasses get pulled off when you get your head out your gape; it was BS when Savard did it, it was BS when Burrows did it, and guess what – it’s BS when Grab did it. Like every person who’s had this argument with a Canucks or Boston fan , stop using context to justify that something that shouldn’t happen period.

    • h0ckeycoach - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      Wow stakex, you’re probably the guy who thinks if that girl had not worn a short skirt she would not have gotten rapped…..

  5. jpelle82 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    big ol DUH for this headline…moving on

  6. kitshky - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I love this clip…

    • dmacirish - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      the difference between the two incidents that you dont care to point out during this “hypocrisy” video is that in one situation the player obviously moves his mouth to the other players gloved hand and bites down on the finger – in the other situation the player without a gloves on wraps his hand around the guys face and fish-hooks him.

      i understand that there is a bit of discrepancy between the “it is absolutely not allowed” and “i would have done the same thing” but if you listen to jones he suggests that you dont stick your hand in someone’s mouth without expecting to be bitten.

  7. kitshky - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    uhh … no.

    1 – Yes Burrows deliberately bites the finger, but the finger is literally being shoved up into his mouth.

    2 – Regardless of the innate details, the hypocrisy of these two clowns saying that not only is the biter *not* to be blamed, but when they did the same thing and got bit they “felt shame” and therefore the bite-ee (real word look it up..*cough) is actually the one to blame, and then how quickly they jumped on Burrows is ridiculous … and not the least bit surprising.

    3 – I’m not defending biting, I’m pointing how utterly inept Milbury and Co. are.

    • nosefacekillah - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Burrows actively pursued a finger to bite. Bergerons hand is near Burrows face. Burrows leans over and pulls Bergerons hand closer to bite it. Burrows is not only an active participant he is the aggressor. It was a dirty play that belongs in no sport.

      Grabovski, on the other hand, has his back to Pacioretty when he is grab across the mouth. He appears to lean forward to get away from Pacioretty. At any point Pacioretty could have broken contact with Grabovski. Did Grabovski bite him? It is not entirely clear but what is clear is Pacioretty placed his arm into Grabovski mouth.

      If Burrows was not suspended I have no idea what the threshold is to get suspended for biting. Clearly Grabovski came no where close.

      • kitshky - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Video’s subjective … meaning that you’re going to see whatever it is you want to see.

        I’m not getting into another “discussion”with Bruins fans over this, but I will say one thing, Burrows puts his hand up to after the fingers in his face and that’s not even the point.

        The point is about how Milbury and Jones are masquerading as pundits while basically hosting a fan site.

      • loinstache - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Seriously? In two provoked situations biting a gloved finger is worse than an exposed wrist? Just letting you know how utterly ridiculous you just came across as.

        I’m not defending Burrows (don’t bite damnit) but you people who fail to see the similarities and therefore hypocrisies of this situation… wow.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Not that I don’t agree, but there are certainly easier ways to prove that point (although this way does nicely tie in with the subject at hand) considering who we’re talking about.

      • kitshky - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        I hear ya that it seems to have become a little murky, but all I did was post a video showing yet another example of how inept, hypocritical, and without any actual conviction (outside of supporting the Bruins) Milbury is.

  8. nosefacekillah - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Kitshky says video is subjective. Actual it is the interpretation of the video that is subjective but the point is valid. I also believe this is true. We all interpret input through a personal prism.

    That said, from what I have seen. the vast majority of the hockey world expected a Burrows suspension while few expected a Grabovski suspension. Perhaps it was the threshold had been set after Burrows combined with the lack of clear evidence.

    loinstache , of course there are similarities but there are also differences. The similarities speak for themselves while the differences drive the debate. You yourself use the differences in the situation to highlight how ridiculous I am.

    Finally, (maybe I should have started here) Millbury is as good a commentator as he was a GM. And about as even in his analysis. He is the US version of Grapes, used to provoke and outrage. If he was meant to be a serious analyst he would have been let go after referring to the Sedins as sisters.

    • loinstache - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      yeah I’m just arguing (as a canucks fan) that it’s pretty frustrating when ‘we’ argued that the context was important for the burrows bite and everyone else went ‘nanana f context he bit someone’ and now that its someone else everyone is ‘nanana f the biting its all about the context.’ I also need to better realize that fan partiality is non-existent in sports

      • sunderlanding - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Burrows moved his head toward the finger and bit. Grabovski had his whole face covered from behind. He probably had trouble even breathing. The fact that you can’t see the difference is amazing. I’m not defending either action, but they are clearly different situations.

    • kitshky - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I’ll give you that I was being a little facetious in my wording regarding the video … but the point I was (clearly) making was that people interpret video however it best suits their predetermined opinion regardless of what the evidence actually shows.

      I”m not sure your correction(?) is really clarifying anything that my original point didn’t make but … thanks?

  9. dawglb - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    If you don’t want your arm to have teeth marks on it, don’t aggressively wrap it around someone’s face/mouth. Problem solved!

  10. ironmike778 - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    To compare this biting incident to the Burrows one is ridiculous. Two entirely different situations. Bergeron wasn’t doing anything close to Burrows that Pacioretty was doing to the Leaf. Pacioretty got what he deserved.

  11. spavs412 - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Remember when fartsmell took a chomp out of letangs finger?

  12. loinstache - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    LOL these comments just cement my point. ‘Biting is bad, but only in a context that supports my team!’

    • kitshky - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Philadelphia sucks and Crosby is a girl!!

  13. phillyphannn83 - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    so kitshky, according to you, no one has ever seen something on video that proved them wrong?? ever?? in the history of video tape?? because that’s what you’re saying. see how dumb you sound?

    • loinstache - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Philadelphia sucks and Crosby is a girl!!

  14. sw19womble - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Saturday Night’s Alright For Biting

    – Elton John

  15. tackledummy1505 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Lol absolutely funny, because if that was a Philadelphia Flyer they would’ve been suspended multiple games. When it comes to the NHL favorites they have to take care of their boys, cause if this incident wasn’t obvious enough then that’s absolutely dumb.

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