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NHL unable to determine if Mikhail Grabovski bit Max Pacioretty

February 11, 2013|By Lisa Dillman
  • Montreal forward Max Pacioretty, with goaltender Carey Price looking on, shows his arm to a referee following a skirmish with Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski.
Montreal forward Max Pacioretty, with goaltender Carey Price looking… (Graham Hughes / Associated…)

OK, we can understand the need for hockey players to get a flu shot this season. But a tetanus shot?

Montreal forward Max Pacioretty, operating under the just-in-case philosophy, told reporters that he got one after Saturday's game, alleging Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski bit him on the arm during a third-period skirmish.

But the NHL on Monday did not administer any supplementary discipline in the case, and the second paragraph of its official release got to the heart of the matter:

"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."

Montreal and Toronto next play on Feb. 27 and you can be assured that, before then, there will be volumes of newspaper stories, blog posts and TV reports devoted to the alleged forward-on-forward crime.

The Canadiens went to great lengths to try to prove their case. Renaud Lavoie of RDS TV in Montreal reported that the team sent photos of the wrist and thumb to the league.

Sounds like there should be a new spin-off show: CSI Montreal.

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