Canucks-Flames open game with line brawl; combine for 142 PIMS – 2 seconds into game


The annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada event on CBC finished with quite the doozy of a game in Vancouver. Flames coach Bob Hartley opened the game with his enforcers which forced Canucks coach (and resident hot head) John Tortorella to counter with his bruisers. A brawl that included everyone on the ice (minus the goalies) would ensue and a combined 142 PIMS between the two squads would be the outcome.

After the horn sounded to conclude the first stanza, coach Tortorella would look to take on the entire Flames staff. Why? Well, because he’s John f**king Tortorella. That’s why.

Tortorella would not be ejected (he’ll have a hearing with the NHL in New York on Monday) and the game would continue minus eight combined players from the two rosters. D-Men like Dan Hamhius, Dennis Wideman, Mike Giordano, and more would amass a ridiculous amount of ice time for the remainder of what turned out to be one hell of a game. Canuck winger Chris Higgins would end the night in the 5th round of a shootout when he slide it five-hole on the backhand past the Flames netminder Karri Ramo.

cover image via Gerry Kahrmann/The Province

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