More than three months after the incident occurred, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski has reportedly admitted that he bit Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in a game on Feb. 9.
According to a report by hockey writer Dmitry Chesnokov on the Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo! Sports, Grabovski discussed the controversial moment from the game that the Maple Leafs won 6-0.
"The incident? It wasn't that much," Grabovski told Chesnokov. "(Pacioretty) was choking me and I bit him. Don't stick your hands where you shouldn't. To be honest with you he was choking me pretty hard, to the point where I really couldn't breathe. And I couldn't pull his hand away at all. I tried to hit him with my other hand, but I couldn't because he was choking me. There was nothing left to do but bite him."
Pacioretty told the media that he had a tetanus shot following the incident. The NHL conducted a telephone interview with both players but did not levy any punishment to Grabovski since it could not determine for sure if the bite had taken place.
"It was an emotional game," Pacioretty said two days after the incident. "It got out of hand. People were fired up."
Both Grabovski and Pacioretty received 10-minute misconducts for their part in the scuffle, and the Leaf player received an extra two minutes for roughing.