Columbus Blue Jackets’ Derek Dorsett (Allegedly) Bit Chris Stewart during Fight

By Krista Golden
Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Remember in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks? That’s when Alexandre Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron on the finger, causing a furor and leading Mark Recchi to taunt Maxim Lapierre two games later. We thought the whole biting thing was over, right? That would be a big no.

In Thursday night’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, there were four different fights in the second period – Nick Foligno and Barrett Jackman, Chris Stewart and Derek Dorsett, and a double-decker tussle involving Ryan Reaves, Scott Nichol, Derek McKenzie and Jared Boll. But today, it’s the Stewart-Dorsett fight that has people talking.

It happened midway through the second period when Dorsett gave a bump to Stewart. That led to words and the fight. Stewart had the upper hand and won, and the two kept chirping each other in the penalty box. Soon Stewart was talking to officials about something unknown, but nothing came of the conversation.

After Friday’s practice, Stewart claimed that Dorsett bit him in the fight. He tried to show the referee evidence, but the ref wasn’t convinced. For his part, Dorsett denies the biting happened. This clip from the Blues’ feed doesn’t really show what happened, except for the bump and the beginning of the fight (nice of Fox Sports to cut away right as the fight started, huh?).

Too bad there wasn’t a clear picture of Dorsett chomping down on Stewart, like we have of Burrows snacking on Bergeron. Of course, like the Bergeron-Burrows incident, there would still be insufficient evidence for any further action. In any case, it’ll make the next Blue Jackets-Blues matchup on February 23 one to watch to see if there’s a Round Two.

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