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Canucks’ Tortorella suspended 15 days

January 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has 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, which began with several fights and four game misconducts per team. Vancouver won the game 3-2 in a shootout.

“Mr. Tortorella’s actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the league,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement.

“Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game.”

Tortorella will miss six games starting Tuesday at Edmonton.

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