The NHL has suspended Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux, for five games for taking a bite out of Brady Tkachuk's hand during a fight last Saturday.
Lemieux received a penalty in the final six minutes remaining in the final frame of the game against the Ottawa Senators.
"In the ensuing scrum, Lemieux follows Tkachuk into the corner in support of his teammate and engages (Tkachuk) from behind. Tkachuk spins and drops his gloves to immediately engage with the player who has grabbed him. Lemieux drops his gloves, and the two grab ahold of each other — wrestling briefly before Tkachuk takes Lemieux down to the ice," the NHL saidin its video explanationof the decision.
"While on the ice, Lemieux, feeling Tkachuk's hands on his face as they wrestle, bites Tkachuk on his bare left hand and does so with a substantial amount of force.
"The two continue wrestling and throwing punches as the linesmen attempt to separate them. As the two are being separated, Tkachuk, while still on the ice, immediately informs the officials that Lemieux bit him as he examined his own hands, showing the officials that he is bleeding."
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