No suspension for Leafs' Grabovski after alleged biting incident
Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, right, shows his arm to a referee following an incident with Toronto Maple Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski as Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price looks on during third period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Feb. 9, 2013. (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, February 11, 2013 1:23PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 11, 2013 2:18PM 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.