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Give this guy the award for team guy of the first game. The man with the injured right eye, who came so close to a very serious injury, when a stick blade hit him in the cornea in the preseason's first game, came to the rescue of goalie Johan Holmqvist and fought David Clarkson. Imagine if he had gotten popped in the eye?

"It probably wasn't the smartest thing I've done,'' Gratton said.

But it certainly won him points with coaches and teammates.

The incident happened late in the game. Clarkson pushed Lightning defenseman Filip Kuba into Holmqvist. Gratton came storming in and got into it with Clarkson.

"We all have to chip in in different ways here,'' Gratton said. "You want to make sure everyone is protected.''

"High marks,'' coach John Tortorella said.


[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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