Sens' Ruutu suspended for chomp

ITEM: Senators agitator Jarkko Ruutu given two-game suspension by the NHL for biting.

Couldn’t wait for the postgame spread?

OK, so late in the first period of Ottawa’s 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday, Sabres enforcer (center, left wing, right wing, defense, goaltender … what position is the enforcer?) Andrew Peters was giving a face-wash to Ruutu along the boards when the Sens’ forward bit the glove off Peters’ hand.

Like a WWE heel, Peters doubled over in pain clutching his thumb and complained to the officials.

Here’s the rub, though … hockey gloves are thick for a reason. They’re padded for a reason. Unless Ruutu has teeth like a beaver, there’s no way Peters, a brawler, is going to feel anything.

"It's a pretty goofy thing that happened," Peters said in a Reuters news report. "It's not the injury, it's the incident. Just the fact that that happened, it's unfortunate. It's not good for the game of hockey."

Peters has one point – and 76 penalty minutes – in 24 games this season, so clearly, that’s what good in the game of hockey.

I’m not condoning what Ruutu, a pest in the mold of Esa Tikkanen, did. I’m just not buying Peters’ response, and his own words seem to indicate he didn’t think it was a big deal either.

BTW, did you see the reaction from Peters? If this wasn’t a case of trying to sell something to the referees, I don’t know what is.

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