Brian McGrattan and Jay Rosehill Wow Nashville
Brian McGrattan and Jay Rosehill had a toe-to-toe, I'm-tired-from-just-watching-that fight last night. The wow-ing was done more by McGrattan, who clearly got the best of the fight, but Rosehill was game and kept going until the linesmen broke it up.
McGrattan's hands were bleeding after the fight. I asked him if there was any real damage and he said, "hands are ok, I hit his bucket a couple times at the end. [It was a] good tilt, I feel better and more comfortable than I ever have. Big props to Rosehill, too." He added he is "gonna chase that #1 spot."
McGrattan's made it clear he isn't looking to just collect a paycheck with the Preds. After his great fight with Cam Janssen in October, I told McGrattan I couldn't believe Janssen kept asking for more. He said "Janssen fights me smart, wish he would open up". After that fight, his first of the season, he was already declaring, "I'll be sliding into that #1 spot very shortly."
After three good wins, McGrattan's a contender for sure, and if nothing else, he's got two of the top four best rated fights of the year. Nashville's a town that appreciates their tough guys and Brian McGrattan is making a hell of an impression.
There were a handful of other fights last night. Jared Boll and Shawn Thornton had a good go in Boston. It was Boll's second fight after coming back from injury and he's looking like he didn't miss a game.
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Jay Rosehill vs Brian McGrattan Nov 17, 2011
John Erskine vs Chris Thorburn Nov 17, 2011
David Jones vs Justin Falk Nov 17, 2011
Jared Boll vs Shawn Thornton Nov 17, 2011
Kyle Chipchura vs Zac Rinaldo Nov 17, 2011