Mikhael Grabovski biting incident: Leafs forward faces NHL disciplinary hearing

Richard Wolowicz

The Leafs forward will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Sunday after being accused of biting Max Pacioretty.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhael Grabovski will have a 4 p.m. ET disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Sunday relating to the perceived "biting motion" that occurred in a scrum with Max Pacioretty and Brandon Prust, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.

The incident occurred after Prust appeared to attempt to run Grabovski which ignited a violent scrum behind the net. With Grabovski going after Prust, Pacioretty grabbed Grabovski's face from behind in a tight hold from behind across the mouth. What happened next is up for debate:

The issue at hand is whether or not there is conclusive evidence that Grabovski actually bit Pacioretty's wrist, although it's clear from Pacioretty's immediate and intense reaction that he obviously felt some heinous crime had been committed. The NHL has shown in the past it won't suspend accused biting incidents without clear and conclusive evidence such a crime actually took place.

The incident clearly angered those on the Canadiens bench, who were already in the midst of a crushing 6-0 defeat.

"This shouldn't be happening. Drop your gloves. Fight. Stand up for yourself," said Josh Gorges, who went toe to toe with Frazer McLaren in a grossly one-sided fight.

Per The Globe & Mail, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle feels his group did exactly what they needed.

"(Brandon) Prust, we know what kind of player he is. He goes out and cheap-shots Grabovski. What are we supposed to do? Not play the rest of our players the rest of the night? They got another thing coming. That's not happening to our group," said Carlyle.

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