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Canucks coach John Tortorella has Monday hearing with NHL

Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing with the National Hockey League on Monday, to discuss his actions during Saturday night's 3-2 overtime win over the Calgary Flames.

Just two seconds into the contest, a 10-man series of one-on-one fights broke out between the Flames and Canucks after the opening face-off. Tortorella had countered Flames' coach Bob Hartley's fourth-line starting lineup with his own, and the ensuing fights resulted in four players from each team receiving game misconducts.

Tortorella was then caught by CBC cameras in some sort of altercation at the Calgary dressing room in between the first and second periods.

"It's easy for people to say put the Sedins out there and it's deflated," Tortorella said after the game. "I can't put our players at risk that way. With the lineup that (Hartley) had, I am not going to put those type of players at risk, and that's what ensues. I'm not proud of it. I have apologized to every one of the players involved in it. I don't feel great about it at all."

A fine or suspension could be handed out to Tortorella on Monday, pending his hearing with the league and Colin Campbell.

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