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Flames-Canucks: 204 PIM, Henrik Sedin hurt, Vancouver wins in SO

Jan 19, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

Tonight’s game between the Flames and Canucks got off to an unusual start, but Vancouver has to be happy with the conclusion.

The game didn’t even really start until after Calgary and Vancouver got a line brawl out of their system that resulted in a combined 142 penalty minutes:

Canucks coach John Tortorella was infuriated with Calgary because they decided to start their tough guys. He even went so far as to confront the Flames just outside of their dressing room after the first intermission:

In the end, these two teams combined for 204 penalty minutes. Lost in all of that was the fact that this was goaltender Roberto Luongo‘s return from an ankle injury. He gave the Canucks the kind of performance they needed and led the team to their 3-2 shootout victory.

This was also technically Kellan Lain’s NHL debut, although it only lasted for two seconds because he got booted from the contest for participating in the opening line brawl.

It was just Vancouver’s second win in 10 games, but the game had implications that might extend beyond the fights and the two points. Henrik Sedin didn’t join his teammates on the bench when the third period started. The Canucks haven’t provided any details about his condition yet, but he was questionable for the game to begin with due to a rib injury.

Participating in tonight’s contest extended Sedin’s ironman streak to 680 games. Vancouver will play against Edmonton on Tuesday.

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Video: Canucks-Flames game kicks off with line brawl (Update: It got worse)

  1. cspsrbums - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Torts is clown always has been and always will be. He needs to be removed from the league, enough is a enough with him.

  2. shortsxit34 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    So Sestito just called himself an idiot…

    • somekat - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:42 AM

      a man should know his limitations

      if only he could figure out that he’s a willing fighter, but not a good one

  3. mcflower29 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    yes, match idiots with idiots….i expect nothing less from the canucks.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    I really wish McGratton would’ve popped Torts. Torts is such a hypocrite, it’s not even funny. He cries about Calgary starting his forth line but yet Scumbag Torts counters with the same line. Nice to seem contradict himself on that one.

  5. charlieconway96 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    ALL HAIL TORTORELLA!!!

    With the way things have been going in Vancouver I knew he’d snap sooner or later, I just didn’t think it would be this entertaining.

  6. micasa81 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    There was an update on Henrik. Torts told him not to play the 3rd because the ribcage was clearly hurting too much. He’s day-to-day.

    In postgame interviews, all the Canuck players were towing the line, saying their coach was acting reasonably, but they were clearly uncomfortable answering the questions about it. Disappointingly, Torts’ presser was pretty low-key.

    • micasa81 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:46 AM

      Except for Lu, he predictably saw the opportunity for a joke: “if it wasn’t my first game back maybe I would have dropped the mits there too”.

  7. sabatimus - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Karma.

    • micasa81 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      …everyone’s got some.

  8. deezenucks - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Calgary was the visiting team, meaning the Canucks saw what the flames were putting out for their starting line first on paper. You think torts was gonna start the sedin line after seeing that? And somehow the canucks are at fault, smh

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      There’s no way the Flames players would have attacked smaller skilled Canucks players (Burrows being the only exception to that, but he has it coming), they would have tried to play physical but they wouldn’t have attacked them. Frankly Tortorella missed a huge opportunity, if he starts their first or second line they get a huge advantage in both skating ability and speed and probably get a few early scoring opportunities, might have been a chance to get out of their scoring funk.

      Instead he countered with fighters and had a defenseman take the opening face off.

  9. sportfan2 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Hockey turned into to much dirty play a long time ago and ruined the sport.

  10. joey4id - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Everyone knows where I stand with respect to fighting. However, in the current context of the game, and considering how the Nucks have been playing recently, Sestito’s attacks on Jackamn and Nolan, one can hardly be surprised that Hartley wanted to make sure he prememtively addressed the belligerency of the crazy Canucks. I find Torts a tad hypocritical. He is the one who said the following about Sestito’s attack on Nolan; ““If Tommy Sestito did that again, I would applaud him.” And don’t tell me it’s about honor and respect according to Torts’ code. This is not war.

    • thesportsjudge - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      “A tad?” Your judgements seem to be on the low end of the scale.

      • joey4id - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Agreed! I was being somewhat reserved. :-) you know. Sunday morning coffee in front of the fire.

  11. jonal11 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Just get rid of fighting in the NHL, if you don’t think so, just watch this hockey in the Olympics. The best hockey to be played all year.

    • zapainhurtzalot - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Agreed. So tired of trying to watch a game and then the “thug” players are sent onto the ice to cream someone and then all hell breaks loose. I think it’s really funny that some players are hired to play just because they can skate and fight at the same time and have nothing other than that to contribute to the team.

      The NHL is turning into the UFC on ice. Ridiculous!

  12. gentalrampage1 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.

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