Asked about the incident on Friday, Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw did not deny biting Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman during Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The two skirmished on the ice during the first period after Hedman shoved Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane into the boards. Hedman then returned to the Tampa Bay bench and pulled up his jersey, appearing to indicate he thought he was bitten. Following the game, he said it “felt like” Shaw bit him and that he had “a little bit of a bruise.”
On Friday, Shaw attempted to move past the incident but did not deny biting Hedman.
“I mean it’s a hockey game,” Shaw said, according to NHL.com. “He’s one of the best players and he’s a highly skilled, big, strong defenseman with a lot of speed and he went after one of our better players.
“It creates the scrums, and just battle out there. I expect battles with him at the front of the net the rest of the series, as well.”
Shaw also added, “I’m not going to get into details. We’re here to focus on the next game. And, uh, hockey.”
Hedman also attempted to move past the incident on Friday.
“I’m not going to comment on that anymore,” he said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “Things happen during games. I’ll leave it at that.”
Game 2 is Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET in Tampa.
- Mike Fiammetta