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Report: Tortorella expected to have a hearing Monday

Jan 19, 2014, 3:30 AM EDT

The NHL appears to have taken exception to John Tortorella’s actions during Saturday night’s contests. Following a game-opening line brawl that left him visibly angry, he went to the Flames dressing room during the first intermission to continue the argument:

That appears to have crossed a line as he will probably have a hearing Monday, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

During his postgame press conference, Tortorella was willing to talk about the circumstances that led to the brawl, but not his actions related to the dressing room incident.

“Please, don’t push me,” Tortorella responded when the questions about it persisted. “I’ll answer your questions, I’ve tried to be honest as possible with (what happened at the beginning of the game), but I’m not going to go into the other stuff.”


Video: Tortorella’s post-brawl presser

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

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

  1. charlieconway96 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:54 AM


    John Tortorella to Gary Bettman

  2. mrhogan88 - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    Man. Shayne Corson is a name I haven’t heard in a long time.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      The Canadiens are a name we haven’t heard in a long time either.

  3. bencia823 - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    I’d always wondered where Clint Malarchuck has been years after nearly dying on the ice. Looks like he’s doing just fine lol

    • killerpgh - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Here is a pretty good interview with Clint from a few years ago if you’re really interested. Besides cheating death from the skate to the throat he also shoot himself in the head.

  4. yustasayin - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Easy to put this to bed. Torts should get 10 games and $50,000 fine for unable to control his emotions and Hartley should get 10 games and $50,000 fine for being the instigator and lying when he said “Those guys are playing well for us,” “They got a goal last game. We’re not scoring many goals. We had zero intentions there.”

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      The Flames had to announce their lineup first, it’s not unheard of to start with a fourth line hoping to get a couple of checks in and some emotion for a team that showed a complete lack of it on Thursday against Winnipeg. If Vancouver counters with their first or second line they probably get a couple of early chances but they also avoid the fights, the Flames guys wouldn’t have tried to fight the Sedins, instead Tortorella decided exactly how the game was going to go by not only starting his fighters but also by having a defenseman take the opening face off.

      I agree both should be suspended though, because fights like this are garbage, so give them both 5 games for that (I’ll be pumped not to have Hartley for 5 games!) but then Tortorella should get an additional 10 games for his antics in between periods.

      • dueman - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Everything you said in your first paragraph was right at least…

    • nj666 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      its not even the first time he’s done that..

      • joey4id - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Boston did the same against TB, but TB coach countered with the top line. Bs 4th line was suddenly scrambling trying to avoid a goal against in the first seconds of the game. Nucks could have done the same.

  5. joey4id - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Torts makes Roy’s antics vs the Ducks at the outset of the season look tame. Roy was fined $10k.

  6. Wineshard - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Definitely at least a big fine if not a suspension. I don’t mind the line brawl. Just too bad the kid’s first shift he has to face Cro Magnon Man.

  7. Wineshard - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Just for clarity, Bieksa stepped in in his own to not have the kid’s first shift be a fight against Westgarthal. Westgarthal still went out of his way to fight him anyway.

    Tortorella admitted having Lain in there was a bad mistake. Poor guy. Parents in the crowd and all. Oh well.

  8. killerpgh - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    At :41 into the video you can see Kevin Bieksa enter the hallway from the left (just past the poster of the left side of the hallway). Doesn’t look like he does anything other than watch what is going on, but he isn’t supposed to be there.

  9. ducksk - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Torts both a big hypocrite and a loose cannon. He is way over the top. Needs to go into quiet room for awhile. Nutcase and clown, always has been, always will be. Perfect for canuckle heads.

  10. 950003cups - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    I miss Tortorella. In his defense, both line brawls were not his fault. The one in NY was a payback from when he did it in NJ. But the one in Calgary? What beef to the Flames and Canucks have? Devils and Rangers always hated each other. That’s not debatable. It’s kind of expected.

  11. hockeyflow33 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I wish he had yelled at Malarchuk to eat another donut

  12. canada2014gold - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    It’s too bad that

    • beavertonsteve - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      …my keyboard broke right as I was typing th

  13. ducksk - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Riot in canuckle land again! No we will never forget your ugly fans (a lot of them).

  14. cheesesteak75 - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    They should have let the Flames beat his ass, it’s long overdue!

  15. slysipops - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    TORTS VS. BETTMAN ………………….

    • zetaone - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM


  16. ggalbarski2 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Tort…what a joke….turned the Canucks for a racehorse into a plowhorse

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