Kings' Brendan Lemieux suspended five games for biting hand of Senators' Brady Tkachuk

Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux will serve an unsettled five-game suspension for biting the bare left hand of Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk throughout Saturday’s 4-2 win, the NHL revealed Tuesday. The suspension will require Lemieux to surrender $38,750 of his income to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. 

The third-period event begun with Tkachuk pressing Kings center Blake Lizzotte in the back after the whistle, triggering a conflict with Lemieux. Tkachuk and Lemiuex started combating then struck the ice, where Lemieux took a portion out of Tkachuk’s left hand. 

“This is not a hockey play,” the NHL stated in its video description. “This is a player delivering a forceful, intentional and potentially dangerous bite to the bare hand of another player with sufficient force to puncture the skin. Such actions will not be tolerated.”

Tkachuk developed with not one however 2 bloody hands after the battle, informing authorities Lemiuex bit both of them. The NHL could not validate Tkachuk’s two-hand claim due to the fact that of a “lack of evidence” however penalized Lemiuex for biting Tkachuk’s left hand with a “substantial amount of force.” 

“While circumstantial evidence supports the argument that Lemiuex may have bitten Tkachuk multiple times during this fight, we are limiting our review of this incident to the bite that occurs almost immediately after the players fall to the ice,” the NHL stated.

The authorities offered Lemiuex a match charge right away after the event, continuing a growing pattern of unlawful play from the 25-year-old. Lemieux, who’s played just 14 video games this season, is 14th amongst NHL skaters with 32 charge offense minutes. 

Lemieux — in what was likely an effort to decrease his suspension — informed the NHL Tkachuk’s hands were bloodied from driving into his teeth, however the NHL didn’t concur with his evaluation of the event. 

“The video evidence does not support this version of events,” the NHL stated. “The video shows evidence of a biting motion by Lemiux onto Tkachuk’s hand consistent with the puncture marks that were identified postgame.” 

The Kings (9-8-4) are presently 6th in the Pacific Division and are set up to play the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild without Lemieux. 

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