NHL: Canucks’ coach banned for 15 days
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL suspended Vancouver coach John Tortorella without pay for 15 days for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames.
Tortorella went to Calgary’s locker room at intermission following the first period Saturday night, which began with several fights and four game misconducts per team. Vancouver won the game 3-2 in a shootout.
Tortorella’s suspension runs through Feb. 2. He will miss six games starting tonight at Edmonton and is not allowed to have any interaction with the Canucks before, during or after games during that time.
Tortorella blamed Flames coach Bob Hartley for starting his fourth line, saying he couldn’t put star players Daniel and Henrik Sedin at risk just to deflate the situation. Hartley was fined $25,000 by the NHL.
Sedin’s streak coming to end
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Henrik Sedin’s NHL ironman streak is ending at 679 games. He last missed a game 10 seasons ago.
Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan said the Vancouver captain will not play at Edmonton tonight because of an undisclosed injury. He is listed as day to day.