The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a pretty terrible game against the rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday when they ended up on the short end of a 6-0 drubbing. Adding injury to insult was an incident where Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs allegedly bit Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens during a scuffle. The fallout, it seems, will extend only as far as a tetanus shot for the Montreal wing as the NHL has decided not to further punish Grabovski.
Pacioretty emerged from a late skirmish, showing his arm to the officials and claiming that Grabovski bit him. The two got entwined with Pacioretty wrapped his arm around Grabovski’s face during the third-period scuffle. The Toronto center received a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing minor following the scuffle and Pacioretty got a 10-minute misconduct as well for his part.
Now, the NHL has decided that there isn’t enough evidence to prove that Grabovski intentionally bit Pacioretty. The league conducted phone interviews with both players and reviewed all available video and medical records, but could not find substantial evidence to levy any additional punishment.
Pacioretty takes away some new skin indentations to remember Grabovski by and a tetanus shot that he got as a precaution following the game. This incident is sure to add another chapter in the Northeast Division rivals storied mutual disdain for one another.
Luckily for Grabovski and the Leafs, they don’t have any more trips to Montreal scheduled this season, meaning he will be spared the vitriol of the Canadiens’ faithful. Hopefully for Pacioretty, the next time he gets himself bitten, he’ll make sure there’s a better angle of it.