Andrew Peters was baffled.
As he grappled along the boards with Ottawa’s Jarkko Ruutu midway through the first period, Peters face washed the winger alongside the Senators’ bench.
They continued to wrestle momentarily until Ruutu retaliated -- by inexplicably biting Peters’ right thumb.
“I’ve never experienced that before,” Peters said. “I’ve been involved in a few altercations and I’ve never had anyone bite me before. I didn’t know that even happened.
“It’s unfortunate and it’s not a part of hockey.”
Peters received a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct on the play. Ruutu was not penalized.
“My reaction kind of threw [the referee] off a little bit and I don’t think he really realized what happened,” Peters said. “It’s a tough job for a ref to see something like that. I saw the replay of it and it’s pretty evident that he did bite me.
“I have a lot of confidence in the League that they will take the proper procedures and go about it the right way… to take matters into their own hands. That’s what Colin Campbell is for and we will see what happens.”
Ruutu was suspended earlier this season for two games after delivering an elbow to Montreal’s Maxime Lapierre.
Following the game Tuesday, Ruutu denied biting Peters.
“I’m not going to debate it,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said. “I haven’t even looked at it yet. That’s the most irrelevant part of the game for me. If he wants to bite, go ahead and bite.”
Peters was more concerned with keeping his composure as the Sabres’ claimed their third consecutive victory, 4-2 against the Senators.
At the time of the incident, Buffalo held a 3-0 lead.
“It still isn’t a comfortable lead in this League, especially if I go out and do something stupid and take a four-minute penalty,” Peters said. “They score two quick goals and they’re right back in it. They scored two quick goals anyway. That wasn’t the time [to retaliate] and there may not be a time for it. Maybe the League will take care of it and that will be enough.”
Defenseman Toni Lydman was unable to participate in the contest due to illness. The blueliner played in all 39 games prior to Tuesday’s match-up. He was also one of four Sabres to compete in all 82 games last season.
The last time Lydman was out of Buffalo’s lineup was March 28, 2007.
Buffalo Sabres prospect Mark Mancari was named to the AHL Canadian All-Star Team today. The winger leads the Portland Pirates with 14 goals and 38 points through 28 games this season.
This will be Mancari’s second AHL All-Star appearance. The 23 year old participated in last year’s event as well, breaking the league’s Hardest Shot record with a 102.8 mph slap shot during the Skills Competition.
The 2009 AHL All-Star Skills Competition begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 as Canada takes on Planet USA. The 2009 AHL All-Star Game begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.
PlanetUSA’s team roster will be announced on Wednesday.
“Two is enough for him… [Danny] Heatley talks enough out there. We don’t need [Jason] Spezza talking too.”
on making a crucial glove save on Spezza late in the third period. Spezza scored both of Ottawa’s goals in the second frame.