McGrattan Ignites Fireworks Again in Preds Win

Brian McGrattan dropped the gloves against Toronto's Jay Rosehill on Tuesday night.

(Sarah Fuqua)

After an epic battle with the New Jersey Devils’ Cam Janssen and bloodying the Anaheim Ducks’ George Parros, the Nashville Predators’ Brian McGrattan entered into his third tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jay Rosehill on Tuesday night.

At 7:02 of the third period at Bridgestone Arena, with Nashville up 3-1 in a game they would win 4-1, McGrattan and Rosehill dropped the gloves.

“I asked him to go in the first period and he said, ‘Maybe later,’” McGrattan said. “We scored in the second period and he asked me. I didn’t feel the time was right. We had just scored a goal and it would give his end a jump. Win or lose, it still gives the team a bit of jump. But we got it done in the third and hopefully it was a good show.”

For McGrattan, a player who has been in over 50 fights as an NHL player, Rosehill was a new opponent. Having played in just 47 NHL games, Rosehill has amassed 143 penalty minutes.

“I have never played against him,” McGrattan said. “Obviously I knew what he could do. We had a couple of times to go earlier, but the times weren’t right. It was a good fight. I have a lot of respect for the guys I fight against. As long as the fans get something out of it, too, that’s kind of the purpose.”

McGrattan landed a series of right hooks to Rosehill’s head before Rosehill was ever able to attempt a punch. After a few missed haymakers by Rosehill, McGrattan threw a few more rights before catching Rosehill’s helmet. However, as McGrattan skated to the box, he postured to the fans, earning a 10 minute misconduct and effectively ending his night.

“When we started, I didn’t think he was going to come at me left, but he came at me left,” McGrattan said. “I prefer lefties because they have to open up against me. I think I can outpunch anybody in the league and think I landed some good ones.”

“At the end I caught a couple of shots to his helmet,” McGrattan said. “I wasn’t concerned with getting his helmet off because that’s when you can catch one. I was trying to get him on the side of the cheek there, but he covered up and I caught a few on his bucket.”

In addition to the fight, McGrattan had his two best chances at scoring a goal as a Predator. One attempt, in the second period, nearly trickled over the goal line before Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn cleared the puck away from behind goaltender Ben Scrivens.

“The one in the first period I kind of picked the puck up in someone’s feet behind the net,” McGrattan said. “I tried to wrap it around. Just as I was about to shoot, the guy lifted my stick. The other one was about a hair out from going past the line. Hopefully I’ll get one soon.”

With a smile on his face and ice on his bloodied knuckles, McGrattan knows he did his job.

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A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Patten Fuqua is the managing editor of PuckScene.com. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Belmont University in Journalism and Broadcasting.