Last night’s battle of rivals between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens was one that did not disappoint (Leafs fans anyway). The third period of the blowout 6-0 win was the most eventful with 5 game misconducts and 3 fights. One incident in that third period has Mikhail Grabovski facing a hearing with the Department of Player Safety this afternoon.
The cause of the hearing is the scrum that took place at 11:30 in the third period. Max Pacioretty emerged from this scrum yelling and screaming and showing his wrist to the official. What was he showing him? Apparently Grabovski’s tooth marks in his arm. Yes, he is claiming Grabovski bit him.
Personally I love Mikhail Grabovski. I think he is a tough as nails player who will stick up for any of his teammates in a heartbeat. This incident makes me love him even more. Looking at the replay Pacioretty clearly shoves his wrist into the mouth of Grabovski, if there are teeth marks in his arm it could be from the force of Pacioretty’s arm hitting Grabovski’s teeth. If Grabovski did bite him it could have been because it was the only way to get Pacioretty’s arm off his face allowing him to breath. Either way Grabovski should not be punished for this incident.
The Montreal Canadiens are not happy about the alleged bite and of course are faulting Grabovski. After the game Josh Gorges had this to say “If you get in there, stand up for yourself, be a man, drop your gloves, and you’ll have respect. But bite somebody? That doesn’t belong in our league.” Now I totally agree with this statement however I don’t think it applies at all to the situation. If Grabovski did bite Pacioretty (and I don’t think he did) it was because he had no other options.
Clearly there is a decision that needs to be made by the Department of Player Safety and I hope they make the right one (by not punishing Grabovski, I think in this situation Pacioretty was the dirty player). I will leave you with the video replay and allow you to decide for yourself who deserves punishment if anyone at all and what punishment they deserve. Feel free to leave your comments below.