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Canucks coach John Tortorella suspended after altercation with Flames 01.21.14 at 8:18 am ET
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Rangers coach John Tortorella didn't impress New York fans during his team's series loss to the Bruins. (AP)

John Tortorella received a 15-day suspension for his actions during the first intermission of Saturday’s game against the Flames. (AP)

With each team’€™s fourth-liners on the ice for the opening faceoff, the puck drop was the only thing standing  between the Flames, the Canucks and a brawl.

After a fight ended eight players’€™ nights just two seconds after they started, Vancouver coach John Tortorella approached the Flames locker room during the first intermission. Now he will miss the next 15 days without pay, retroactive to Sunday, for his actions.

“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,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations, 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 and cannot have any contact with the team on the days they play those contests. His suspension will end on Feb. 2.

“We respect the decision made by the National Hockey League to suspend John Torotella for 15 days from Sunday, with no contact with the team for six games,” said Mike Gillis, the Canucks president and general manager, in a statement.

“We would also like to acknowledge our organization’€™s full support for John and we look forward to having him back behind the bench soon.”

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NHL investigating Coyotes’ actions after Game 5 05.25.12 at 3:25 pm ET
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The NHL is investigating postgame actions of various Coyotes following Tuesday night’s Game 5, series-ending loss to the Kings, ESPN reports.

Multiple Coyotes, including center Martin Hanzal, defenseman Keith Yandle and goalkeeper Mike Smith, took offense to the way Game 5 was officiated. After the game ended, Hanzal and Coyotes captain Shane Doan skated over to the referee to have a few words.

NHL vice president Colin Campbell was not pleased.

“Their actions were unprofessional and unacceptable,” Campbell told ESPN.

Phoenix also was upset about a late hit from Kings captain Dustin Brown on Michal Rozsival. The hit went unpenalized despite Rozsival’s inability to skate off the ice under his own power. The Kings won the game and the series on a goal by Dustin Penner not long after.

A few Coyotes took exception to the hit, as Doan exchanged words with Brown in the handshake line and Smith told the media that Brown should be suspended forever for the hit.

Read More: Colin Campbell, Dustin Brown, Martin Hanzal, Rumor Mill
Friday’s Morning Mashup: NHL admits official’s mistake in Flyers-Penguins game 04.13.12 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 2:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Braves, 7:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Celtics at Raptors, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Suns at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Devils at Panthers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: red wings at Predators, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

SATURDAY:
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Bruins, 3 p.m. (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Coyotes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN: WEEI)
MLB: Brewers at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Tigers at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Celtics at Bobcats, 6 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Bulls at Pistons, 6 p.m. (WGN)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Red Wings, noon (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Flyers, 3 p.m. (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Devils at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canucks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ The NHL acknowledged Thursday that a linesman missed an offsides call that led to the Flyers’ first goal in Wednesday’s playoff game vs. the Penguins. The goal, scored after Danny Briere took a pass a couple of feet past the blue line and skated in alone on net, started Philadelphia on a comeback from a 3-0 deficit that ended with the Flyers winning in overtime.

“There’s no other way to explain it but a missed call,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell told The Canadian Press. “We’re as upset as Pittsburgh, almost. It’s a mistake.”

The call was missed by veteran linesman Tony Sericolo, who had been skating up the ice when he had to turn quickly the other way after the puck changed possession.

“It was a quick turnaround,” Campbell said. “You can see it was a quick 70-foot pass — the lineman was up with the play and then had to move quickly back, and he saw it from the angle he saw it from. But still, his job is to get the right call and he didn’t.”

♦ After saying Wednesday that he thinks players should be compensated for participating in the Olympics, Heat guard Dwyane Wade changed his opinion following some backlash.

“I don not want to be paid to go the Olympics,” he stated, tweeting later that his country “motivates me more than any $$$ amount.”

♦ Moondog, the Cavaliers mascot, was injured before Wednesday night’s game during what was supposed to be a pretend fight with Pacers forward David West. “He jumped at me, and I thought we were playing around. Next thing I know, he went down,” said West, who landed a couple of punches. “It was definitely an accident.”

The individual who performs as Moondog apparent suffered an eye injury, requiring a quick visit to the hospital.

“I felt terrible about that. I really do,” West said. “We were just having fun before the game, just messing around. I really hope he’s OK. Make sure he knows I’m sorry.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 13, 1957, the Celtics won their first championship with a 125-123 double-overtime victory over the St. Louis Hawks in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 37 points and 23 rebounds in the classic?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NHL VP Colin Campbell defends lack of punishments 04.22.11 at 7:29 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN, CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (VERSUS, NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 9:05 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Knicks, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 3:35 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ NHL vice president Colin Campbell is not pleased with the criticism he’s been receiving about punishments for hits to the head. “Thankless job? Yeah, it’s thankless,” he said in an interview with Toronto’s TSN Radio 1050. “Especially at this time of year when there’s so much at play here with the playoffs and cities are involved. When you rule on certain situations, all of a sudden you become public enemy No. 1, so … Am I pissed off right now? Yeah, I’m pissed off.”

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was attacked at a Dodgers game, remains in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital. In the San Jose Mercury News, Mark Purdy writes about the support Stow’s family has received from the sports community, with the Sharks and Kings treating the parents and siblings first-class at Thursday’s Stanley Cup playoff game in LA.

♦ Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to teach when he leaves the game in a couple of years. In The New York Times, Selig explains his decision and talks about his interest in sport law.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 22, 1976, the Bruins lost a 4-3 decision to the Kings in overtime in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals. Which player who would later play for and coach the Bruins scored the game-winner for Los Angeles?

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