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

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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.

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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.

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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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