Predators defenseman P.K. Subban claims he was bitten Wednesday when he got into a scuffle with Vegas forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare during Nashville’s game against the Golden Knights.
In the skirmish, Subban appeared to attempt to lift Bellemare’s head as he was at Nashville goalie Juuse Saros’ feet.
Then, on the replay, it appeared Subban’s gloved hand was in Bellemare’s mouth and Subban came out of the scuffle shaking his hand in pain.
Here’s what started the skirmish. Bellemare and Subban get together and it appears Bellemare somehow injured Subban’s finger. pic.twitter.com/gtcmZWdwqa
— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) January 24, 2019
“He knows he bit me,” Subban said after the game (via the Tennessean). “I’m not trying to rip his head off. I’m not that type of player. All I tried to do was grab him. I grabbed him by the head to pull him up (off Saros) and he bit me. That’s it. I don’t know how I walk out of there with four minutes in penalties.
“It wasn’t explained. They tried to apologize after the fact that they gave me four minutes in penalties. My finger is bleeding. I don’t know what you want me to do.”
Rocco Grimaldi served Subban’s penalties while Subban went to the dressing room to have the finger bandaged and returned during the third period.
“When you get bit — have you ever had someone bite your finger? It’s completely unexpected,” Subban said. “Refs are human. They don’t have X-ray vision. But once there’s evidence, there’s blood — you’re giving me more minutes in penalties for what? Because I reacted after a guy bit me?”
PK Subban is claiming Pierre-Edouard Bellemare bit his finger in a scrum.
I’m not sure what PK said to Ryan Reaves after, but Reaves really, really wanted to fight him. Referees wouldn’t let him get to PK, but if I were PK I would avoid being on the ice with Reaves at all cost
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) January 24, 2019
Bellemare motioned on replay that Subban’s hand had gotten stuck around his mouth and the defenseman’s hand got lodged in his teeth when he was trying to rip it away.
Subban appeared to have blood on his jersey and showed his hand to the referee with a cut on it.
No call was made for biting on the part of Bellemare.