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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames engaged in a wild first-period brawl Saturday night which later carried over to Canucks coach John Tortorella being involved in an alternation in the hallway outside of the Flames‘ dressing room.
The opening minutes of the NHL game, which the Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout, was like a scene from the movie “Slap Shot.”
It brought back memories of when teams such as the Broad Street Bullies and Big Bad Boston Bruins hit the ice.
“I don’t think anybody expected that,” said Flames defenseman Chris Butler, one of eight players ejected from the game.
“It’s been a while since something like that happened, five guys pairing off.”
Just 2 seconds had ticked off the clock when all five skaters from each team taking the opening faceoff dropped their gloves and began throwing punches.
Minor league call-up Kellan Lain’s first game as a Canuck was brief. He was tossed for fighting with Calgary’s Kevin Westgarth, who has no points in 21 games for the Flames.
Also receiving game misconducts were Vancouver’s Dale Weise plus defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Jason Garrison. For Calgary, it was Westgarth, Blair Jones, Ladislav Smid and Chris Butler.
“They started their goon squad over there,” said Sestito, who leads the NHL with 167 penalty minutes in 47 games. “I just don’t think we’re going to be backing down from guys.”
Later in the period, Calgary’s Mark Giordano punched Vancouver’s Alex Burrows in the face. Burrows was wearing a facemask to protect a broken jaw. It was his first game since Dec. 1.
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