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Mikhail Grabovski won't be punished for alleged bite of Max Pacioretty

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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After all that, Mikhail Grabovski won't be suspended or fined for a bite that might or might not have occurred over the weekend.

At the end of the Maple Leafs' 6-0 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night, a scrum started near the boards. In that scrum Montreal's Max Pacioretty grabbed Grabovski from behind and had his arm over Grabovski's mouth. Very soon after Pacioretty ripped his arm away and was immediately saying he was bit.

The only problem is there wasn't video evidence to prove it.

Here's the league's full statement on the matter:

Following a telephone hearing conducted this morning, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has decided not to assess Supplemental Discipline to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski for an incident that occurred during NHL Game No. 160 Saturday night in Montreal.

After interviewing both players involved in the incident and reviewing all of the available video and medical reports, the League could not determine conclusively that Grabovski bit Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

The Department of Player Safety has concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to support imposing Supplemental Discipline.

It's hardly a surprising outcome. Even after the Habs supposedly took photos of Pacioretty's arms and he had a precautionary tetanus shot, there still wasn't hard evidence. All the video shows is Grabovski's mouth being covered; you can't see any chomping or anything like that.

Grabovski was originally slated to have a hearing on Sunday afternoon but it was pushed back until Monday morning. Perhaps the league was waiting to see if more evidence would pop up because clearly there wasn't enough to suspend or fine Grabovski.

I don't think there's much doubt from anybody, including the league, that Grabovski did it, they just can't prove it. Unless Pacioretty was acting from the heat of the moment on, he certainly reacted like somebody who was unexpectedly bitten on the arm (of course, when are you expectedly bitten?).

Since the league was unable to do anything about it, you might see the Canadiens take it upon themselves the next time they meet the Leafs.

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