Reality bites for Ruutu

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

BOSTON -- The NHL bit back at Jarkko Ruutu yesterday.

The Senators winger was handed a two-game suspension by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell for biting Sabres tough guy Andrew Peters during an altercation in Ottawa's 4-2 loss on Tuesday in Buffalo.

Ruutu will miss tonight's game in Boston and Saturday's visit by the Rangers to Scotiabank Place.

Ruutu, who was suspended for three games earlier this season for elbowing Montreal's Maxim Lapierre, will forfeit $31,707.32 US in salary for this latest incident.

While Ruutu insisted after the game he didn't bite Peters, the winger came clean in a statement released by the team.

"I accept the ruling from the league. I feel that he put his glove in my mouth with intentions to injure me," said Ruutu. "There was no intent to hurt him, just to get his thumb out of my mouth."

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg stood by Ruutu.

"(Peters) shoved his glove in (Ruutu's) face and came out of the pile jumping around, but it's hard to believe there was anything wrong with him," said Hartsburg. "Disturber? I think people are accusing (Ruutu) of something he says he didn't do. We don't think he did it and he says he didn't do it."

Peters told reporters in Buffalo he understood Ruutu's denial.

"I don't think that anyone really wants admit to biting somebody. That's a pretty awful thing that he did," said Peters. "I'm not the kind of guy who would make something up like that. I'm pretty honest.

"Obviously he's going to deny it. The old 'deny-it-until-you-die' type thing. That's his choice to deny it. If I did something that stupid I wouldn't be admitting to it, either."

Off the glass

Jim Rome weighed in on the Ruutu incident yesterday on Rome is Burning on ESPN. "It wasn't just an embarrassment to the NHL, it was an embarrassment to humanity," said Rome ... The Senators won't have D Anton Volchenkov (shoulder) or D Filip Kuba (groin) tonight against the Bruins. Kuba remains in Ottawa and his status isn't known for the weekend, while Volchenkov isn't healthy enough to return. Hartsburg said the club has missed Kuba. "We knew when he got hurt (it would) be a big hole in our lineup. Offensively, he does settle things and moves the puck. Defensively, he's been overlooked. His position and smarts have been huge for us," said Hartsburg ... Hartsburg cancelled practice at Boston University, opting to hold a short video session and meeting to try to end the Senators' road trip on a positive note. "We had a good meeting. It was a good day to stay away from the rink. We didn't stay away from the hockey, but we had a good chance to talk about some things," said Hartsburg. "Right now, it's pretty easy to get distracted and look at other things." ... Senators C Dean McAmmond will suit up for his 900th NHL game tonight.


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