John Tortorella not proud but would start same lineup again
John Tortorella spoke after Saturday's eventful game by saying he wasn't proud how the game began but he'd do it again. He didn't address his visit to the Flames hallway.
Canucks coach John Tortorella lost his cool on Saturday night, getting incensed at Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley for starting his fourth line players in Vancouver. Tortorella matched his fourth line and a brawl ensued off the opening faceoff.
It didn't end there as Tortorella headed to the Flames' hallway after the first period when the pushing, shoving and yelling began.
As part of the new leaf he turned over when going to Canada, Tortorella actually spoke with the media about the events after the game with more than a dismissive or evasive response (at least after he stated his thoughts, after that questions were shot down).
Tortorella was clearly not proud of what happened, though he said he had no idea what might lie ahead in the form of supplemental discipline. He said he apologized to the players but at the same time said he would start his fourth line again, that he couldn't put players like the Sedins in harm's way considering who the Flames started. There is a split opinion on that matter but Torts made clear what side he's on.
There has been no announcement of any kind of hearings yet for Tortorella but you can expect something will happen. Remember, in a case like this the discipline would come from Colin Campbell, not Brendan Shanahan.
What will also be interesting to see is what would happen to Hartley, if anything. There was a precedent set in the preseason when then-Sabres coach Ron Rolston was fined for his player selection, something that led to a line brawl in that game.
There's probably a pretty good rule of thumb to consider here: If a pro wreslter like John Cena is comparing it to his business, something's gotta give.
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