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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.

Peters, who doubled over in pain and clutched his thumb, was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for sparking the altercation. Ruutu was not penalized.

With his thumb bandaged after the game, Peters referred to what happened as bizarre and added he had never been bitten.

"It's evident on video what he did and I have all the confidence in the league to make the right decision," Peters said.

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg didn't expect Ruutu to be disciplined.

"(Peters) rubbed his hand in Ruutu's face about three times, so I don't know what the big deal is," Hartsburg said.

The Senators traveled to Boston after the game in Buffalo. The Sabres were scheduled to practice later Wednesday.

Current Bruins star Marc Savard was suspended for one game in 2003 when, playing for Atlanta, he bit Darcy Tucker on the glove in a game against Toronto.

Ruutu has already been disciplined once by the NHL this season, suspended for two games without pay in November for elbowing Montreal's Maxim Lapierre.

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