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Tortorella goes ballistic as Canucks beat Flames Saturday

John Tortorella
John Tortorella
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According to the Canadian Press, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday, but the major storyline surrounded Vancouver Canucks' head coach John Tortorella.

The Canucks were upset that the Flames started with their enforcers, so they started their enforcers as well. Only two seconds into the game, the brawls started, with fights everywhere around the ice. In the end, there were eight game misconducts, and the benches on both sides were depleted.

Then in the first intermission, Canucks head coach John Tortorella got involved in an altercation outside the Flames' locker room. He apparently tried to go into the locker room, but was shoved away by Flames' right winger Brian McGrattan, who was surprisingly not ejected for his fight with Tom Sestito of the Canucks.

The altercations were so significant, it became headlines on ESPN. Suspensions will likely exist, but according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Brendan Shanahan does not have the authority to penalize Tortorella for his actions. That will now fall under the mandate of Colin Campbell, the NHL director of hockey operations, or commissioner Gary Bettman.

The result became secondary Saturday. The actions of Tortorella will now be heavily discussed for quite some time.