Leafs take bite out of Habs. Literally.
The Toronto Maple Leafs walked into the Bell Centre Saturday and handed the Montreal Canadiens their lunch.
The Leafs scored early and often en-route to a 6-0 whitewash -- leaving the Habs in the throws of a three-game losing streak, and the Leafs riding the wave of a three-game winning streak.
This one ended in nasty fashion with a series of ugly scraps and one incident which, according to the replay, showed former Hab Mikhail Grabovski taking a bite out of Max Pacioretty's arm. The incident occured just past the mid-way point of the third period; with both Grabovski and Pacioretty being assessed 10-minute misconducts, ending their night.
"I saw the bite," said Canadiens' coach Michel Therrien. "It's clear on the video. I"m sure the league is going to pay attention to that."
"When you get Colton Orr pull his knee on Plekanec, what are you going to say?, added Therrien. "It's pretty clear. We hope the league is going to review this."
Therrien added: This was a bad performance from our club. There's no doubt about that. We're going to find solutions and make sure it won't happen again."
Habs' defenceman Josh Gorges, who found himself tangled up with a much bigger Frazer McLaren in the third period, was fit to be tied when this one was over; emotion all over his face and in his voice. "There was no question I was upset, more so over the score of the game," said Gorges.
Gorges could only shake his head over the alleged Grabovski bite on Pacioretty. "What are you going to say about that. That doesn't belong in our sport. If you get in there, stand up for yourself, be a man, drop your gloves. You want to do that you'll have respect. Bite somebody? That doesn't belong in our league."
Gorges says the Canadiens need to be ready from the start. "That's what we have to take away from this game," said the Habs' defenceman. "Toronto at home in our building and we're not ready to play? That's not good enough."
Carey Price played from start to finish in this one as the Leafs scored two in the first, the first goal coming at the 59-second mark, two more in the second, and two in the third.