After a Brian McGrattan shot beat Eddie Lack from centre ice, the goalie looked over to the bench and saw head coach John Tortorella put his head in his hand.
“I thought ‘Oh no, Eddie, what have you done?’” he said, smiling. “Then I thought, ‘I better shut the door now.’”
The rookie backup-turned-No. 1 goalie did just that. His sprawling, right pad stop on Joe Colborne saved his night, and the Canucks.
The Canucks’ 2-1 win lacked all of the controversy which enveloped the last time they played the Flames.
Seven weeks ago, Calgary head coach Bob Hartley trolled Tortorella to perfection, turning the Canucks coach into an enraged lunatic with a starting lineup that included McGrattan.
It feels like years ago now. Tortorella was suspended. The Canucks were never the same.
On Saturday, Hartley did it again.
But there were no fireworks this time. There was no line brawl. There wasn’t even a fight to begin the game, although Tortorella did counter with...