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Video: Brian McGrattan’s one-punch win vs. Deryk Engelland

Jan 11, 2014, 11:41 PM EDT

As tough as NHL enforcers are, it’s unusual for them to end fights with one punch. Especially against each other.

That’s what happened on Saturday, however, as Brian McGrattan dropped Deryk Engelland as the Calgary Flames faced the Pittsburgh Penguins:

Again, it’s rare to see someone of Engelland’s stature felled by a single blow, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe notes. On the bright side, the 31-year-old defenseman appears OK, though.

  1. muckleflugga - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    dear mr mcgrattan:

    i am writing to convey admiration and gratitude for your exhibition of skill and sportsmanship…on display coast to coast before the magnificent and powerful nation of canada…hard as hamilton steel…pure as yukon gold…

    yes, under a glittering star-spangled sky in chinook-blown balmy and beautiful calgary, elements of the sweet science were there for all to admire…we envy the view given deryk engelland particularly

    thank you for not harming the redoubtable mr engelland further…we hope his eyes uncross in time for tonight’s flight home [ well…not really…chuckle chuckle ]

    in closing, if you would be so kind as to convey the same spirit of mercy when and if team usa plays team canada in sochi, we would owe you a further debt of gratitude

    fondest regards,

    sheryl abdelkader

    • sabatimus - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      TLDR; plus the masturbation continues.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    While sitting at my drawing table, I hear the start of the fight. Once I hear who Engellend’s opponent was I calmly said to my wife without missing a beat, ” Engl’s going to lose.”.

    Before I had a chance to look up and watch, my statement was shown to be true. Great class for not throwing more punches while Engellend was down. The tap on the helmet was a good gesture as well.

    • joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Wasn’t that punch McGrattan threw “intent to injure”? Clearly a shot to the head.

      • killerpgh - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Sure. And blocking shots are intent to injure yourself.

      • joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Try to explain why an elbow to the head is intent but not a punch. Or are you intellectually incapable of formulating an intelligent argument.

      • killerpgh - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Intent to injury get thrown around way too much. Intent is just about impossible to determine. A punch during a fight is an within the rules of the NHL. Do you consider Chara shooting the puck 108.8 mph toward players intent to injure?

      • joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        there would be a suspension If any player deliberately shot the puck at an opponents team’s bench, but that doesn’t mean intent to injure. Reckless for sure. There is no penalty for shooting the puck towards the net, but there is a 5 min major penalty for fighting. How is a punch within the rules if the players get majors for fighting? Anything a player does within the rules does not get penalized. They get penalized and suspended for breaking the rules. Surely you agree to that.

      • killerpgh - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        Where was Lyle Odelin suspension for firing the puck at the Sabres bench as the clock expired?

        And technically there can be a penalty for shooting the puck at the net. Unsportsmanlike Conduct have be called before for player shooting after the whistle. But unless a player has something on his hands (ring, tape foil…) there will not be an intent to injure from throwing punches in a normal fight.

  3. blackandyellow71 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Wow could you blow this out of proportion any more? He caught him on the chin and stunned him momentarily, but I’m pretty sure Engelland was ready for round two and the refs broke it up. One thing is for sure, there was no KO.

    • drone501 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      i saw it that way. derek took a punch to the chin, went down, got right back up. end of story.

  4. muckleflugga - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:20 AM


    your fixation with fellatio, masturbation and penises generally leads me to worry…

    what is it…envy…insufficient proportion…outright lack…fond remembrances of juvey hall when you were everyone’s favourite mattress…?

    well get down woman…

    before i have to go

  5. drewzducks - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    I thought Engelland was the Pitt tough guy ? Oh wait, that’s right, it’s Orpie.

    • theskinsman - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      Orpik lent Engelland his jaw for the game?

    • killerpgh - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Yes, because bruins tough guy Thornton never got the worst end of a fight…..Tell him John Scott says hello.

      • drewzducks - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        An example of someone, in both Engelland and Thornton’s case, not running away from a fight. Orpie should try it. Even Cooke fought Thornton the next time they met after the Savard hit. A hit, like Orpki’s, which Pens fan continually remind people, that was legal at the time.

    • upyoursnfu - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      He still got up quicker than Loui.

      • drewzducks - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        I guess that’s the standard for a “tough guy” in Pittsburgh. And I didn’t realize Engelland was concussed.

  6. flyeredup - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Pens have no toughness and they will get bounced in the playoffs again because of it

    • killerpgh - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      I agree. The Penguins would be so much better if they had a skilled player like Jay Rosehill taking up a roster spot and averaging 4:31 seconds of ice time per game….

    • upyoursnfu - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Funny because the flyers have been bounced from every playoffs they have been in since 1975

  7. flyeredup - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    LOL @ killerpgh, his toughness definition is Rosehill? Mine is Wayne Simmonds. Lack of hockey knowledge there skippypgh

    • thesportsjudge - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      I’m glad not ALL Flyers fans don’t understand the concept of sarcasm.

    • killerpgh - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Funny how Engelland loses a fight to one of the top 2 fighters in the NHL and the Penguins have no toughness because of it. Then you use Simmonds as the model of toughness and he has been beaten by 2 current Penguins in Engelland and Glass. How is that hockey knowledge working out for you?

  8. slysipops - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM


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