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McGrattan defends hit that injured Alberts

Andrew Alberts, Brian McGrattan

Vancouver Canucks’ Andrew Alberts, left, gets slammed into the boards by Calgary Flames’ Brian McGrattan during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)


Flames tough guy Brian McGrattan doesn’t think he deserved a five-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Vancouver defenseman Andrew Alberts last night in Calgary (video).

“It’s a shoulder-to-shoulder hit,” McGrattan said, per Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald. “Unfortunately, he went down. My elbow wasn’t up, my shoulder wasn’t up, I didn’t target the head. So, that’s my take on it.”

Alberts was forced to leave the game and reportedly has a concussion. As a result, the Canucks called up defenseman Frankie Corrado from AHL Utica today.

The Flames haven’t heard anything from the NHL regarding a possible hearing for supplementary discipline.