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St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart skates past Derek Dorsett (15) on the Columbus bench. He accused Dorsett of biting the back of his hand. / Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports

By the very mechanics of a fight, a hand is going to get near someone else's mouth.

So every once in a while in an NHL fight, one player accuses another of biting him.

It happened most famously in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, when the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron said Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows clamped down on his finger with his teeth during a scrum.

Friday, St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart accused the Columbus Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett of biting his hand during a fight the night before.

Reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford:

Stewart said Dorsett bit him on the back of the hand during the scrap. "Yeah, he bit me," said Stewart. "Want to see the teeth marks?"

Stewart pleaded his man-bites-man case to officials afterward, but to no avail. He then continued to yell at Dorsett as they went to the penalty box.

Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline said he talked to Dorsett, who said if there was any teeth-on-hand contact, it certainly was unintentional.

"It was a fight," Dorsett said. "We were down on the ground. At one point, his fingers were down in my mouth. If ... if ... and this is a big if ... if I bit down, I didn't intentionally bite down.

"Obviously, he's trying to make this a big deal. It's not the big deal he's trying to make it into."

Dorsett led the league in penalty minutes last season and he and Stewart had fought previously in their career. They won't face each other again until Feb. 23.



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