Kings' Brendan Lemieux suspended 5 games for biting Senators' Brady Tkachuk

Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux was suspended five games on Tuesday for biting Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk.

Incident occurred during Ottawa's Saturday night loss against Los Angeles

Los Angeles' Brendan Lemieux, top, was suspended five games by the NHL on Tuesday for the above incident in which he bit Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk. (Kyusung Gong/The Associated Press)

Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux was suspended five games on Tuesday for biting Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk.

In a video released by the NHL's department of player safety, the league said Lemieux bit down on Tkachuk's left hand "with a substantial amount of force."

Lemieux and Tkachuk were grappling on the ice in the third period of Saturday night's game won 4-2 by the Kings over Ottawa before Tkachuk emerged with blood on his hand and told officials he had been bit.

The play was reviewed and the 25-year-old Lemieux was assessed a five-minute major, match penalty and game misconduct.

WATCH | Kings' Lemieux ejected after biting Sens' Tkachuk:

Brendan Lemieux tossed from game for allegedly biting Brady Tkachuk

2 months ago
Duration 1:17
Senators' captain Brady Tkachuk accused Kings' forward Brendan Lemieux of biting him twice during a tussle. Lemieux was assessed a 5-minute match penalty on the play. 1:17

Along with the suspension, Lemieux will forfeit $38,750 of his salary under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

While Tkachuk claimed he was bit multiple times and the NHL video narrator said "circumstantial evidence" backed that up, Lemieux was only punished for the initial bite.

The narrator also says the video does not support Lemieux's claim that Tkachuk was bleeding from punching his teeth, based on referee reports and medical examinations.

"This is not a hockey play. 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."

A furious Tkachuk told The Ottawa Sun after the game the incident was "outrageous."

"Kids don't even do that anymore. Babies do that. I don't even know what he was thinking. He's just a complete brick head. He's got nothing up there. Bad guy, bad player, but what a joke he is.

"It was the most gutless thing somebody can ever do. This guy, you can ask any one of his teammates, nobody ever wants to play with him. This guy is a bad guy and a bad teammate; he focuses on himself all the time."

With files from The Canadian Press

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