No suspension for Grabovski for alleged bite
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, right, shows his arm to a referee following an incident with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski as Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price looks on during third period NHL action in Montreal on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)
Published Monday, February 11, 2013 11:56AM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 11, 2013 1:28PM EST
MONTREAL -- The NHL will not suspend Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski for an alleged biting incident in Saturday's game against Montreal.
The league said there was no conclusive evidence that Grabovski bit Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.
Pacioretty says he got a precautionary tetanus shot after the incident in Toronto's 6-0 victory.
The forward emerged from the skirmish showing his arm to the officials and claiming that Grabovski bit him.
During the third-period melee, Pacioretty wrapped an arm around Grabovski's face from behind.
Grabovski received a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing minor after the scuffle. Pacioretty was also issued a 10-minute misconduct.
"It was an emotional game," Pacioretty said Monday. "It got out of hand. People were fired up."
In Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final, Alex Burrows appeared to bite the finger of Boston centre Patrice Bergeron. There was no suspension issued in that incident.