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Peters happy with Ruutu's two-match suspension

TURNS out the NHL has a bigger bite than Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu.

And that was fine with Andrew Peters after the Buffalo Sabres enforcer learned the league suspended Ruutu two games without pay on Wednesday for biting Peters' gloved hand in a game on Tuesday.

"Obviously, I'm happy about it and glad the NHL took notice," Peters said, still wearing a bandage around his bitten right thumb while attending a roast for his coach Lindy Ruff. "That's all I could ask for. It's a good result at the end of the day. It's a fair penalty."

To Peters, taking a punch in an ice hockey game is one thing, but being bitten during a skirmish breaks what's known as the tough-guy code in the NHL.

"It goes too far for any player. It doesn't matter who you are, it's not part of hockey," he said. "I just hope kids don't think that's acceptable. It's not acceptable at any level."

Ruutu will lose US$37,707 in pay. Peters started the skirmish by shoving the palm of his glove into Ruutu's face and pushing him into the boards at the Senators' bench.

Ruutu responded by chomping down on Peters' glove, catching his teeth on the player's thumb, which is not padded. The force of Ruutu's bite broke the skin and drew blood on Peters' right thumb. As Peters pulled away in pain, his glove was ripped off by Ruutu's bite.

Peters was penalized for sparking the skirmish. Ruutu was not penalized.


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