During last night’s Leafs/Canadiens game, there was an incident between Mikhail Grabovski and Max Pacioretty. Grabovski allegedly bit Pacioretty during this scrum. He’ll have a hearing later today.
The question is did he really bite Pacioretty. The evidence is inconclusive. It looks like Pacioretty’s arm is in Grabovski’s mouth. How can you tell? I’m not taking either side here. It may well be an extreme case.
There have been biting incidents before with most notably Alex Burrows taking a bite of Patrice Bergeron’s glove in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and Bruins. In this case, you can see Burrows do it after Bergeron got his glove too close to his mouth. He wasn’t suspended.
Will there be a double standard? That’s a better question for Brendan Shanahan. At the very least, there should be fines to both teams. The rematch is later this month on February 27 at the ACC.