It appears the NHL and the department of safety were none to happy with Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella’s actions during their 3-2 S/O win over the Calgary Flames. As a result the NHL has kindly invited Tortorella to an in-person hearing, a hearing Gary Bettman himself will attend.
The fight filled affair against the Flames got off to a ruckus start when the Flames decided to start their 4th line “tough guys” and forced Tortorella to all but do the same or risk the Sedin’s safety. Before the puck could even hit the ice the two centre-men engaged for a fight and from there all hell broke lose. The other 8 players on the ice all found partners and began throwing down in an old fashion line brawl that left both sides short 4 players after the skirmish.
Once the first period was in the books, Tortorella decided to pay the Flames dressing room a little visit between periods which is a big no-no. The Flames weren’t pleased as Flames players and Tortorella had to be held back before cooler heads prevailed.
The game would finish in a exciting shootout but after the game all anyone wanted to talk about was the line brawl and 152 penalty minutes racked up by both sides during the brawl.
Tortorella crossed the line by going to have a little word with the Flames and for that he earned a special in-person hearing with the NHL. The NHL can’t be pleased by Tortorella’s actions or the line brawl that led to his visit to the visitors room, so it’s expected Torts won’t get off for this incident.
There is also some talk that Bob Hartley could be fined much like Ron Rolston was, for starting his goons and looking to cause trouble right off the face-off.
John Tortorella is meeting with the NHL right now as his disciplinary meeting was scheduled for 1pm. Stay connected to Too Many Men on the Site for the verdict when it comes down.