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May 20, 2013 | 11:36am ET
Grabovski admits to biting Pacioretty

Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski has openly admitted to biting Canadiens sniper Max Pacioretty during a Feb. 9 game in Montreal.

In an interview with Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports, Grabovski openly admitted to the incident.

"The incident? It wasn't that much," he said. "(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."

Grabovski and Pacioretty both received 10-minute misconducts, while Grabovski received an extra two-minute roughing penalty, but nothing came after the event.

Following the game, Pacioretty told local reporters that he had a tetanus shot.

The NHL interviewed both players afterwards, but Grabovski wasn't fined or suspended.

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