The players struggled on the ice for the third inning before Tkachuk stood up with blood stains on his hands. He can be seen telling officials that Lemieux bit him during the melee.
“It’s outrageous,” an angry Tkachuk said after the match, according to the Ottawa Sun. “Kids don’t even do that anymore. Children do. I don’t even know what he’s thinking, it’s just a completely brick head. It has nothing on it. Bad guy, bad guy, but it’s a joke.”
Kings coach Todd McLellan said Lemieux, who has become a mainstay in the fourth row, needs to be careful not to cross the line in circumstances like the game against Tkachuk and expressed concern it could suspended.
“We needed him to play every night,” McLellan said. “We need him to play every minute he gets. Attack, defense, physically, emotionally. And if we lose him for any length of time, we’ll miss him. And he has to understand how important he becomes.”
The Kings went on a five-loss streak with a win on Saturday night.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.