TAMPA — This will hopefully be the last biting post of the Stanley Cup Final.
If yesterday’s news — that the NHL was done looking into Andrew Shaw’s alleged Game 1 chomp on Victor Hedman, and that Shaw wouldn’t face any supplemental discipline — didn’t put the incident to bed, Hedman did today by deflecting three straight Shaw questions during media availability.
“I’m not going to comment on that anymore,” Hedman explained. “Things happen during games. I’ll leave it at that.”
The incident, again, in case you missed it:
Following the game, Hedman told reporters it “felt like” he’d been bit, adding he had a small bruise. The Bolts defenseman was also seen on video in the immediate aftermath of the scrum, appearing to tell an official he’d been bit.
As for the decision not to discipline Shaw for the action, Hedman once again brushed it off.
“It’s hockey,” he said.
UPDATE: Shaw was asked about the incident today.
“I’m not going to get into details,” he explained. “We’re here to focus on the next game, and, you know, hockey.”
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TAMPA — Doesn’t look like there’ll be anything more from the Andrew Shaw-Victor Hedman biting incident from Game 1.
On Thursday, Chicago Tribune sources said the NHL is no longer looking into the alleged incident, in which Hedman claimed Shaw bit him in a late first-period scrum during last night’s Stanley Cup Final opener.
There’s also no disciplinary hearing scheduled for Shaw.
These developments come after the situation gained some steam postgame, when Hedman told reporters it “felt like” Shaw bit him, adding he had a small bruise. PHT contacted the NHL last night, and a spokesman confirmed the Department of Player safety was made aware of the allegation, and reviewed video of it during the game.
The incident in question:
Last night’s incident rekindled memories of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, in which Canucks forward Alex Burrows was alleged to have bitten the fingers of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron. Both incidents were similarly timed (during scrums at the end of the first period of Game 1) and, like Burrows, Shaw will avoid supplemental discipline.