Hockey

Canucks vs. Flames: Fight Night in Vancouver

By Vancity Buzz Staff | 8:00 am PST, Sun January 19, 2014 | Speak Up

Saturday night’s Vancouver Canucks tilt against the Calgary Flames started with defenceman Kevin Bieksa winning the opening face-off. What happened next is something of madness. The hockey game paused, switched to WWE wrestling and we all watched as a simultaneous line brawl broke out between all 10 skaters on the ice.

All 10 received fighting majors. Eight received game misconducts (ejections) and left the teams to play with only four defensemen a side – for 64 minutes and 58 seconds.

Canucks Flames line brawl fight

Image: Jeff Vinnick / NHLI via Getty Images

Once the fights were over, the referees had handed out 142 minutes of penalties – in the first two seconds of the game.

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On the ice was Canucks’ Kellain Lain who was making his NHL debut – in front of his family who had flown in from Ontario. He, too, was ejected.

Flames Canucks Tortorella fight line brawl

Image: Jeff Vinnick / NHLI via Getty Images

As you could see, John Tortorella was furious at Flames coach Bob Hartley’s decision to start his fourth line of goons, which, Hartley said in his post-game interview, was for “scoring purposes.”

“Those guys are playing well for us,” Hartley said. “They got us a goal last game. We’re not scoring many goals. We had zero intentions there. Those guys are playing hard for us.”

As the home team, Tortorella got to select his starting lineup after Hartley submitted his. Upon seeing the opponents, what was Torts supposed to do – put the Sedins up against the fourth line fighters? Fight fire with fire?

Tortorella’s anger did not stop after the first 20 minutes of play. At the start of the first intermission, he left his team’s dressing room and tried to charge down the Flames hallway towards their dressing room, and coaching staff.

While this is entertainment gold and it’s amazing to see Torts standing up for his players, he did lose his cool and cross the line – and it looks like he’ll have to pay the price for it by way of suspension and/or fine. After the game, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted the inevitable:

 

And in case you missed it, CBC’s PJ Stock went on a crazy rant during the intermission where he thought Tortorella was to blame for matching his fourth line with Calgary’s fourth line.

 

Tortorella’s post-game reaction

 

Time On Ice (TOI) Heroes

A short bench is a time for others to step up, and these Canucks players did just that:

  • Dan Hamhuis – 36:12
  • Chris Tanev – 33:02
  • Alex Edler – 29:22
  • Daniel Sedin – 28:55
  • Yannick Weber – 28:22
  • Ryan Kesler – 26:30

Honourable Mention: Alex Burrows, clocking 20:46 in his first game since December 1.

 

Oh, and the Canucks ended up winning 3-2 in a shootout.

 

Feature Image: @dominikhl

Speak Up

  • fan111

    PJ Stock is an idiot

  • Kim

    Torts should have put in his #1 line at the faceoff and scored a goal..that would have been a better response to the message the Flames were making..Good to see Burrows back in the lineup:)

  • https://twitter.com/604yvr 604YVR

    can’t score a goal when you get mugged

  • John

    The Poll is a joke, there should be no punishment. This is fucking hockey get over it you basketball playing wusses.

  • Chris

    As bascially said in his post game interview “Many people wont understand because they have never been in this situation and they dont understand the message Calgary was trying to send”

    You fit into this category where you have no idea whats going, see some fights, and think “what animals”

    If Calgary’s 4th line had hurt anyone on our first line, you would feel pretty stupid right now. And that WAS a risk.

    Torts did the right thing standing up for our team. For the first time, I’m proud to call him our coach