Entries with the tag: john tortorella
Maybe John Tortorella lost it when he realized Bob Hartley had schooled him and made him look like a dope.
Maybe Tortorella just couldn't take Hartley standing on the Calgary bench looking as innocent as lamb.
Any way you look at it, Hartley won this one, even if the Flames lost the game to the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night.
Icing your fourth line or enforcers to start a game isn't business as usual in the NHL, or Vince McMahon would be the commissioner. But remember, Brian Burke now runs the Flames and he is on record as wanting more truculence, and Hartley should be well versed in giving the boss what he wants by this point. Plus, Hartley is no stranger to having a truculent edge himself.
In the final analysis, the start of Saturday's game would have been met with a shrug by just about everyone if Tortorella hadn't added to the spectacle by going to the end of the bench to give Hartley a piece of his mind. Hartley was obviously not at all interested in owning a piece of his mind.