Did Grabovski bite Pacioretty?

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.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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