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Bite Night: Round 2? Arron Asham accuses Matt Cooke of chomping on more than cookies

Kudos to Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy who got this from Arron Asham's post game comments:

"There was a scrum, I grabbed him. There were two guys on Harts and my glove got tangled in his mouth and he bit me, so I lost it.

It’s not bad, but he’s a gutless guy. I have no respect for him at all. I lined up against him and asked him to fight and he didn’t want to. If you go and bite someone … I just have no use for him.

He does his job well. He’s an agitator. He’s garbage to me and I have no respect for him at all.

You should have a little more honor than that. Usually if you bite somebody you stick up for yourself and you fight the guy. Not this guy, he’s chicken and I have no respect for him. He plays the game hard and I respect him for that, but he yaps, he’s a dirty player. At least a guy like (Sean) Avery fights. This guy is just chicken (bleep) and I hate him.

It would have been better if he dropped the gloves with me, but he’s got no stones."

We all remember the brouhaha from earlier in the season when Philly's Scott Hartnell "allegedly" bit the hand of the Penguins' Kris Letang.

Also for Pittsburgh, it was a good thing that Cooke didn't fight, as he went on to score the game winning goal on the power play later in the third, shortly after the scrum with Asham.

As for the alleged incident, if a bite takes place my stance is the same as when Letang's finger was bleeding: the NHL should investigate and look to take disciplinary measures to send the obvious message that this type of behavior is not tolerated amongst people older than 3 years of age.

Being as the NHL took no action against Hartnell, I would expect likely the same fate for Cooke from the league, but tempers will definitely be flaring again the next time Pittsburgh and Philly meets (which will be March 27th in Pittsburgh).

UPDATE: After the jump, the Youtube video of the incident, from special contributor GhostWalker40.