You want truculence?
Two seconds into the game against Vancouver there was a line brawl, resulting in eight game misconducts. In total, eight players were ejected from the game with a total of 152 penalty minutes handed out, to go along with 10 fighting majors. In the first two seconds of the game.
The rough stuff continued all first period, ending with John Tortorella visiting the Flames locker room during the first intermission to apparently punch Bob Harley in the mouth. The league is looking into Torts’ actions today.
It was kind of fun watching the teams play with only four defensemen and three lines each. And it didn’t seem to affect the outcome any. Although I agree with most fans in thinking John Tortorella is an idiot, there is no issue matching tough line against tough line, it happens all the time. Should it make any difference if it’s 2two seconds into the game or two seconds into the enforcer line’s first shift – 5 minutes into the game?