The Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks epitomized the classic joke that fans went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Less than five second after the puck dropped, the Canucks and Flames had a Slapshot style brawl that even spilled over into the intermission.
Canucks head coach John Tortorella wasn’t finished fighting or arguing when the first period ended and approached the Flames locker room looking to settle things. Nothing got too out of hand, but the fact that an NHL head coach stormed up to the opposing team’s locker room looking to settle things is out of hand to begin with.
The NHL will be looking into the incident, but not many people are that surprised that someone like Tortorella approached the opposing team’s locker room looking for a fight. He’s been notoriously surly in his own unique way his entire coaching career, so much so that this sort of incident is not all that surprising.
Still, it’s never a good look for a sport as brutal as hockey to have a head coach goon it up outside of an opposing team’s locker room. A five game suspension seems the most likely solution to this mess, but the NHL might make an example out of a character like Tortorella as well.