The NHL’s department of player safety will review allegations that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski bit Montreal Canadiens opponent Max Pacioretty with a hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. ET on Monday.
The alleged incident occurred during a scrum at the 11:30 mark of the third period in Saturday’s fight-filled 6-0 victory by Toronto.
Grabovski will meet with Brendan Shanahan, the league’s Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, according to NHL.com.
The violence escalated in the final period with a bout between Mark Fraser and Montreal’s Brandon Prust at 1:09 and went further downhill after Korbinian Holzer made it 5-0 at 4:20.
First, rookie Brendan Gallagher took on Michael Kostka and a few minutes later Prust was handed four minutes for roughing Toronto’s Grabovski.
Pacioretty emerged from the ensuing melee showing his wrist to the officials, saying that Grabovski bit him. Both players were given 10-minute misconduct penalties.
Video of the incident was quickly posted to YouTube.
“That doesn’t belong in our sport,” Montreal player Josh Gorges said of biting. “If you get in there, stand up for yourself, be a man, drop your gloves, and you’ll have respect. But bite somebody?”
“I saw the bite,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. “You can see that on the video. I’m sure the league’s going to pay attention to that.”
Neither Pacioretty nor Grabovski was made available to the media after the game.
The hearing was initially scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday but the league decided to push the hearing back until Monday morning.
With a report from The Canadian Press
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