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'It just pisses me off': Canucks coach fumes at Flames counterpart after Daniel Sedin stretchered off iceA miserable season for the Vancouver Canucks ended with a scary incident on Sunday night, and more frustration from their combustible coach.Daniel Sedin scored twice before leaving the game on a stretcher following a hit from behind that saw Sedin stay down after being driven into the boards by Calgary’s Paul Byron. Sedin was taken to hospital as a precaution and later released.Byron was assessed a five-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Flames head coach Bob Hartley appeared agitated at the call, something that incensed his Vancouver counterpart, John Tortorella, who struggled to bite his tongue when speaking to the media afterwards.“The year that we’ve had, and I am the head coach of this team, you tuck your tail between your legs and you leave,” said Tortorella. “It’s been a rough year, but it’s embarrassing to coach against the guy across from me tonight. Some of the things that went on when Danny was hurt, it’s embarrassing.” (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

'It just pisses me off': Canucks coach fumes at Flames counterpart after Daniel Sedin stretchered off ice
A miserable season for the Vancouver Canucks ended with a scary incident on Sunday night, and more frustration from their combustible coach.

Daniel Sedin scored twice before leaving the game on a stretcher following a hit from behind that saw Sedin stay down after being driven into the boards by Calgary’s Paul Byron. Sedin was taken to hospital as a precaution and later released.

Byron was assessed a five-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Flames head coach Bob Hartley appeared agitated at the call, something that incensed his Vancouver counterpart, John Tortorella, who struggled to bite his tongue when speaking to the media afterwards.

“The year that we’ve had, and I am the head coach of this team, you tuck your tail between your legs and you leave,” said Tortorella. “It’s been a rough year, but it’s embarrassing to coach against the guy across from me tonight. Some of the things that went on when Danny was hurt, it’s embarrassing.” (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Canucks fire GM Mike Gillis: The Vancouver Canucks will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and it has cost their general manager his job.The team fired Mike Gillis on Tuesday, a day after a loss to the Anaheim Ducks eliminated Vancouver from playoff contention.“I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure,” Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said in a release posted to the team’s website. “The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike’s leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.” (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Canucks fire GM Mike Gillis: The Vancouver Canucks will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and it has cost their general manager his job.

The team fired Mike Gillis on Tuesday, a day after a loss to the Anaheim Ducks eliminated Vancouver from playoff contention.

“I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure,” Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said in a release posted to the team’s website. “The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike’s leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.” (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Vancouver Canucks fans make the best of it after learning goalie Roberto Luongo had been traded, as they stand up with a makeshift sign during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Coyotes defeated the Canucks 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The biggest trade has probably already happened with the Roberto Luongo deal, but there could still be plenty of action ahead. Follow all the latest news with the National Post’s live coverage of the NHL trade deadline.

Vancouver Canucks fans make the best of it after learning goalie Roberto Luongo had been traded, as they stand up with a makeshift sign during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Coyotes defeated the Canucks 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The biggest trade has probably already happened with the Roberto Luongo deal, but there could still be plenty of action ahead. Follow all the latest news with the National Post’s live coverage of the NHL trade deadline.

Cam Cole: John Tortorella said he gets it. I’m not so sure.The Vancouver Canucks head coach said he gets what has gone on in this community with goaltenders the last few years. He gets the popularity Roberto Luongo has earned by handling it all — the demotion to No. 2, the reincarnation, the contract, the Cory Schneider trade — with rare aplomb.He gets the angst it was certain to cause when he named NHL rookie Eddie Lack to make a third consecutive start after the Olympic break — and not in just any hockey game, but in the Heritage Classic — while the franchise goaltender sat in his toque on the end of the bench, opening and closing the door and trying to keep a neutral expression on his face for the TV closeups.Tortorella turned an easy, no-fuss, no-muss choice that would never be second-guessed into an unnecessary kick in the private parts, an unpopular decision that had many in the crowd of 54,194 at B.C. Place Stadium booing Lack when his picture was flashed on the massive video board, and chanting “We want Lou!” when the Ottawa Senators’ winning goal went past Lack at 10:11 of the second period.Click through to read Cam Cole’s full column and see more photos from Sunday’s Heritage Classic. (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Cam Cole: John Tortorella said he gets it. I’m not so sure.

The Vancouver Canucks head coach said he gets what has gone on in this community with goaltenders the last few years. He gets the popularity Roberto Luongo has earned by handling it all — the demotion to No. 2, the reincarnation, the contract, the Cory Schneider trade — with rare aplomb.

He gets the angst it was certain to cause when he named NHL rookie Eddie Lack to make a third consecutive start after the Olympic break — and not in just any hockey game, but in the Heritage Classic — while the franchise goaltender sat in his toque on the end of the bench, opening and closing the door and trying to keep a neutral expression on his face for the TV closeups.

Tortorella turned an easy, no-fuss, no-muss choice that would never be second-guessed into an unnecessary kick in the private parts, an unpopular decision that had many in the crowd of 54,194 at B.C. Place Stadium booing Lack when his picture was flashed on the massive video board, and chanting “We want Lou!” when the Ottawa Senators’ winning goal went past Lack at 10:11 of the second period.

Click through to read Cam Cole’s full column and see more photos from Sunday’s Heritage Classic. (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

It was an ugly throwback to another time.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 altercation 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 Slapshot. It brought back memories of when teams like the Broad Street Bullies and Big Bad Boston Bruins waged wars on the ice.“I don’t think anybody expected that,” said Flames defenceman Chris Butler, one of eight players ejected from the game. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

It was an ugly throwback to another time.

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 altercation 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 Slapshot. It brought back memories of when teams like the Broad Street Bullies and Big Bad Boston Bruins waged wars on the ice.

“I don’t think anybody expected that,” said Flames defenceman Chris Butler, one of eight players ejected from the game. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Corey Perry has made a living by scoring timely goals.Perry scored his NHL-leading eighth winner of the season with 1.3 seconds on the clock in overtime, giving the Anaheim Ducks a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.The Ducks went on the power play at 3:54 of overtime when defenceman Kevin Bieksa was called for hooking. Ryan Getzlaf passed the puck to Perry from the blue line for a shot that beat rookie goalie Eddie Lack for his team-high 23rd goal.Lack made a career-high 45 saves, one night after Roberto Luongo had 45 in a loss to Los Angeles in his return following a three-game absence with a groin injury.“He brought it to another level tonight,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “You try to find some good stuff [from a game like this], and that is certainly some real good stuff there.”(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Corey Perry has made a living by scoring timely goals.

Perry scored his NHL-leading eighth winner of the season with 1.3 seconds on the clock in overtime, giving the Anaheim Ducks a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

The Ducks went on the power play at 3:54 of overtime when defenceman Kevin Bieksa was called for hooking. Ryan Getzlaf passed the puck to Perry from the blue line for a shot that beat rookie goalie Eddie Lack for his team-high 23rd goal.

Lack made a career-high 45 saves, one night after Roberto Luongo had 45 in a loss to Los Angeles in his return following a three-game absence with a groin injury.

“He brought it to another level tonight,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “You try to find some good stuff [from a game like this], and that is certainly some real good stuff there.”(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Tires seem to play an unusually large role in the public life of Roberto Luongo.During the 2011 Stanley Cup final, the Vancouver Canucks goalie famously said of Boston Bruins counterpart Tim Thomas that “I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started”  in an exchange that has become a bit of a running joke among hockey fans.On Tuesday afternoon, Luongo tweeted from his @strombone1 account that the tires had been stolen from his SUV, apparently parked at his home in Florida. He provided his more than 173,000 Twitter followers with visual evidence of his misfortune. (Photo via @strombone1/Twitter)

Tires seem to play an unusually large role in the public life of Roberto Luongo.

During the 2011 Stanley Cup final, the Vancouver Canucks goalie famously said of Boston Bruins counterpart Tim Thomas that “I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started”  in an exchange that has become a bit of a running joke among hockey fans.

On Tuesday afternoon, Luongo tweeted from his @strombone1 account that the tires had been stolen from his SUV, apparently parked at his home in Florida. He provided his more than 173,000 Twitter followers with visual evidence of his misfortune. (Photo via @strombone1/Twitter)

Ah yes, famous people come out in droves for playoff games — especially since ticket prices are off the wall. Last night’s example: Glee stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith (who is Canadian) took in the Canucks vs. Sharks game in Vancouver. ARE THEY BAD LUCK? (Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Infographic: The fight for the Stanley CupMuch angst, and ink, has been spilled in recent years over fighting in hockey. Progressives say ban fighting. Traditionalists say ‘over our dead bodies.’ A moral debate rages. Yet what seldom gets asked is: How does fighting affect a team’s performance? Does toughness win games? Is meting out an ugly black eye as valuable as scoring a pretty goal? Let’s drop the gloves, shall we, and look at the numbers. (Illustration by Mike Faille)

Infographic: The fight for the Stanley Cup
Much angst, and ink, has been spilled in recent years over fighting in hockey. Progressives say ban fighting. Traditionalists say ‘over our dead bodies.’ A moral debate rages. Yet what seldom gets asked is: How does fighting affect a team’s performance? Does toughness win games? Is meting out an ugly black eye as valuable as scoring a pretty goal? Let’s drop the gloves, shall we, and look at the numbers. (Illustration by Mike Faille)

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