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Tortorella calls meltdown ‘a kick in the teeth’

Mar 11, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT

Eddie Lack, Joe Colborne, Dan Hamhuis AP

To little surprise, the Vancouver Canucks provided some interesting comments following their stunning meltdown against the New York Islanders on Monday. To even less of a surprise, head coach John Tortorella provided the best sound bytes.

There was one slight upset, at least to some: reporters considered him even keeled after his team saw a 3-0 third-period lead slip into a 7-4 loss against the Isles.

“This is a kick in the teeth,” Tortorella said. “We need to be men.”

Eddie Lack understandably took a lot of responsibility for allowing six of those even goals, not throwing a power-play unit that allowed three power-play goals under the bus. (Or at least lying under the bus with them.)

Meanwhile, Ryan Kesler merely expressed his bewilderment at the situation, though not in a Clerks kind of way.

Yet, to the dismay of Canucks fans and the sordid entertainment of other onlookers, it did happen. Now it’s just down to guessing what’s next.

(And no, Roberto Luongo hasn’t generated a snarky public comment about this … yet.)

* – The last one was an empty-netter.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Tortorella’s system is strictly designed around grinders, shot blockers, and grit. Fancy skaters and dipsy-doodle toe dragging, finesse style play is not in the least bit useful for a John Tortorella coaches team. This all lays on the shoulders of Gillis. Biggest failure of all failures. Is hate to send this guy to Vegas with my money. Just an awful gambler.

    • stakex - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      What’s strange is that Torts was actually an offensive minded coach with the Lightning. His coaching style with the Rangers made perfect sense given the roster he had to work with, but I don’t get why he’s still using that system with the Canucks. Would seem that his style when he won the Cup would make more sense.

      Granted, this is a team in complete free fall…. not sure it would really matter at this point.

  2. blomfeld - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Hang in there John … you’re gonna be running this gig yourself before long ! :)

  3. canucks30 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    More like a kick in the nuts

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      Funny, but the cartoon that popped into my head when I saw the score was one I sometimes got roped into watching as a kid called Felix the Cat. There was a character on that show called Rock Bottom.

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Maybe it’s time for Vancouver to give ole Dan Cloutier a call.

  5. sabatimus - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    “We need to be men”, huh? Then Tortellini needs to start leading by example, if he’s even capable of doing so.

  6. rrsm53 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Ha Ha, i love it seeing Torts fall on his face and the Canucks also. What use to be is now never going to be. How did that work for you Torts all down hill after your stupid attempt to get into the Calgary locker room what a tool you get what you deserve.

  7. jmuis - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    I think any chance of the Canucks making the playoffs disappeared tonight with the way Vancouver played in the third period. These guys finally score more then one goal in a game and then let a mediocre team blow them away like that in one period is beyond embarrassing.

  8. crazemastercraze - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    If Gillis isn’t fired by the end of the week then it shows the ownership doesn’t grasp the severity of how hot a mess this organization is. Torts should be fired as well. The problem with Canadian teams is that people go to the games no matter how bad the team is so ownership is blinded by dollar signs. Gillis is a total joke. His team, his mess. Done deal, pal!

    • dueman - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      You are correct in that Canadians will support their teams no matter what, but that doesn’t usually stop ownership from doing what they need to do, because believe me, with the media here in Canada, the teams don’t get off the hook…ever. I think the problem in Vancouver is more about the friendship between Gillis and the Aquilini family. That friendship is stopping ownership from getting rid of Gillis, and unfortunately the team and the fans are hurting because of it.

      • damaged262 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        I hear Darcy Regier is available. You guys could use his skills to restock picks and prospects for your coming rebuild.

      • hallforpresident - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Daryl Katz, Kevin Lowe. The difference is that the Canucks have actually made the playoffs in the past 8 years.

  9. drewsylvania - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    When you went full d-bag at an opposing team’s locker room in response to an event that you caused, were you also acting like a man?

  10. mcflower29 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    we torts, considering you have 2 ginger sisters, a girl who bit more than he can chew, and an entire roster of whiners…. when you said “we need to be men,” yea, i totally agree.

  11. straightouttavtown - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Where are Jan Bulis, Dan Cloutier, and Alex Auld when you need them?

  12. damaged262 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    The maid at the hotel didn’t turn down the sheets or leave a mint, Tortorella calls it “a kick to the teeth”, charges down to house keeping, attacks head housekeeper, Camellia Lopez. The new housekeeper, Tamara Smith, slaps him across the face, Tortorella falls to floor, weeping hysterically. Tortorella calls it “a slap to the face”. Bellboy Tommy Harris laughs his balls off. Hotel manager, Jensen Padalecki immediately promoted Tamara Smith to Security Head. News and sports at 11.

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