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Video: Flames’ McGrattan tossed from game for hit on Canucks’ Alberts

Dec 29, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

Calgary Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan received two five-minute majors (one for fighting, one for elbowing) and a 10-minute misconduct after delivering a high hit on Vancouver Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts and then immediately dropping the gloves with Tom Sestito.

Here’s video of the hit (H/T to Kukla’s Korner):

There hasn’t been an update on Alberts as of this writing. He hasn’t returned to the game.

Update: John Tortorella says Alberts is day-to-day and that’s that. The Canucks ended up winning 1-0 tonight.

Despite being one of the NHL’s most fearsome fighters, McGrattan hasn’t been suspended at this level. That may change thanks to this incident.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    From what I can see on the video this doesn’t seem too egregious. The game misconduct should probably be enough. Really solid fight as well, short but sweet, one of the better ones I’ve seen so far this year.

  2. Wineshard - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Who wrote this story? Game misconduct not 10 minute misconduct. Score was 2-0 not 1-0.

  3. hazlydose - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    The hit doesn’t look too vicious. The Canucks player put himself in a vulnerable position by reaching for the puck and then again when he tried to pin himself against the boards to avoid the check.

    The game misconduct was enough.

  4. joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    idk, Alberts may have a concussion, and the way to settle the score is by allowing 2 other players punch themselves silly with the possibility of more players being concussed. All this to police the game. Nah! It’s really about selling violence.

  5. elvispocomo - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    It wasn’t that much of an elbow, but McGrattan certainly didn’t need to jump into it with his hands up in Alberts face to make the hit. I don’t know that this gets much of a look from Shanahan unless they want to look at it from a charging perspective.

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