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Ruutu's bite attracts NHL attention

Wednesday, 01.07.2009 / 12:11 PM / News

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -The NHL is reviewing whether to discipline Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu for biting Buffalo Sabres forward Andrew Peters through his gloved thumb during a game.

NHL spokesman Frank Brown says in an e-mail Wednesday that the league reviews everything and added if a suspension is warranted it would be announced before the Senators game at Boston on Thursday.

The force of Ruutu's bite ripped Peters' glove off and broke the skin on the player's right thumb. It happened in the first period of Buffalo's 4-2 win Tuesday night when Peters forcefully rubbed the palm of his glove into Ruutu's face at the Senators bench.

Ruutu denied that he bit Peters despite replays showing he chomped down on the player's glove.

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