Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Flames' Burke to Tortorella: "Shut your mouth''

CALGARY, Alberta — This time, John Tortorella found himself on the receiving end of a Shut Your Yap spat.

Flames interim general manager Brian Burke defended his coach, Bob Hartley, on Monday and said Canucks coach Tortorella "oughta keep his mouth shut."

Burke responded to Tortorella's Sunday postgame comments. Tortorella wasn't happy when, as Canucks forward Daniel Sedin lay injured after he was hit from behind and driven into the boards by Paul Byron, Hartley argued about Byron getting a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

"It's embarrassing to coach against the guy across from me," Tortorella said. "Some of the things that went on when Danny was hurt, it's embarrassing. I don't like the way he (Hartley) does business. I don't like him."

Tortorella — who as Lightning coach in 2004 directed the iconic "shut your yap'' comment at then-Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock — feuded with Hartley in Vancouver on Jan. 18 when he tried to get into Calgary's locker room after a line brawl.

Hartley declined comment Monday when asked about Tortorella's comments.

Burke called Tortorella a friend, but he added: "Torts oughta keep his mouth shut. Apparently what outraged him was the cardinal sin of our coach arguing for a penalty while Daniel Sedin was being tended to on the ice.

"What Bob Hartley did was exactly what John Tortorella would have done had it been one of our players lying on the ice and he felt there was an inequity in the penalty calls.

"John Tortorella was on my staff for the Olympics in 2010. He's a good guy. I don't know what's going on in his head, but you know what? Shut your mouth and worry about your team. Leave my coach alone."

Byron said he texted Sedin, who was taken off on a stretcher, Monday to apologize.

"He responded," Byron said. "I think he appreciated the text, and I'm really glad he's okay."

Predators fire Trotz

NASHVILLE — Barry Trotz, the league's longest tenured head coach with one team and the only coach the Predators have had, will not have his contract renewed for a 16th season.

Trotz, 51, was offered a job in the hockey operations department, but the two-time Jack Adams finalist said in an emotional news conference he wants to keep coaching. "I love Nashville, but now I'm going to have to beat you," Trotz said with a smile.

Missing the playoffs two straight seasons — the first time since 2001-02 and 2002-03 — was an issue for a franchise that needs postseason revenue.

"This is a wakeup call for everybody in our organization," general manager David Poile said. "Get out of your comfort zone."

Trotz coached 1,196 games with Nashville, second to Gregg Popovich of the NBA's Spurs for longest active coaching tenure in the four major sports.

ovechkin not happy: After the Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007, they are in the "middle of nowhere" and in a "hard position," captain Alex Ovechkin said. "It's a wakeup call for everybody. For us and for the bosses." Ovechkin led the league with 51 goals, but coach Adam Oates said his minus-35 rating was a problem. Said Ovechkin: "I get paid to score goals. I scored 50."

maple leafs: Goaltender Jonathan Bernier has surgery scheduled for a sports hernia. He expects to be ready for training camp in September.

NHL playoffs

First round: Top three teams in each division and two wild cards from each conference (teams with the next-highest point totals, regardless of division). No. 1 team in each conference plays wild card with fewer points (No. 8). No. 2 team plays other wild card (No. 7). The 2-3 teams in each division play each other.

East first roundEast semisEast finalStanley CupWest finalWest semis West first round
AtlanticDivision1 Bruins1 DucksDivisionpacific
8 Red Wings8 Stars
7 Blue Jackets7 Wild
2 Penguins2 Avalanche



Friday: at Boston, 7:30, NBCSN

Sunday: at Boston, 3, Ch. 8

April 22: at Detroit, 7:30, NBCSN

April 24: at Detroit, 8, NBCSN

April 26: at Boston, 3, Ch. 8*

April 28: at Detroit, TBD*

April 30: at Boston, TBD*


Wed.: at Pittsburgh, 7:30, NBCSN

Saturday: at Pittsburgh, 7, NBCSN

Monday: at Columbus, 7, NBCSN

April 23: Columbus, 7, NBCSN

April 26: at Pittsburgh, TBD*

April 28: at Columbus, TBD*

April 30: at Pittsburgh, TBD*


Wednesday: at Tampa, Sun Sports

Friday: at Tampa, 7, Fox Sports Fla.

Sunday: at Montreal, 7, Sun

April 22: at Montreal, 7, FSF

April 24: at Tampa, 7, Sun*

April 27: at Montreal, TBD, Sun*

April 29: at Tampa, TBD, FSF*

Radio: All games 970-AM


Thursday: at New York, 7, CNBC

Sunday: at New York, noon, Ch. 8

April 22: at Philadelphia, 8, CNBC

April 25: at Philadelphia, 7, CNBC

April 27: at New York, noon, Ch. 8*

April 29: at Philadelphia, TBD*

April 30: at New York, TBD*



Wed.: at Anaheim, 10, NBCSN

Friday: at Anaheim, 10, NBCSN

Monday: at Dallas, 9:30, NBCSN

April 23: at Dallas, 8, CNBC

April 25: at Anaheim, 10:30, NBCSN*

April 27: at Dallas, TBD*

April 29: at Anaheim, TBD*


Thurs.: at Colorado, 9:30, CNBC

Saturday: at Colorado, 9:30, NBCSN

Monday: at Minnesota, 7, NHL

April 24: at Minnesota, 9:30, CNBC

April 26: at Colorado, TBD*

April 28: at Minnesota, TBD*

April 30: at Colorado, TBD*


Thursday: at St. Louis, 8, NBCSN

Saturday: St. Louis, 3, Ch. 8

Monday: at Chicago, 8:30, CNBC

April 23: at Chicago, 9:30, NBCSN

April 25: at St. Louis, 8, NBCSN*

April 27: at Chicago, 3, Ch. 8*

April 29: at St. Louis, TBD*


Thurs.: at San Jose, 10:30, NBCSN

Sunday: at San Jose, 10, NBCSN

April 22: at L.A., 10, NBCSN

April 24: at L.A., 10:30, NBCSN

April 26: at San Jose, TBD, NBCSN*

April 28: at L.A., TBD*

April 30: at San Jose, TBD*

* if necessary

Lightning has goalie Peter Budaj’s back after near-collapse

Lightning has goalie Peter Budaj’s back after near-collapse

LAS VEGAS — After the Avalanche made a seemingly insurmountable Lightning lead shaky Saturday night, defenseman Victor Hedman was the first to skate toward backup goalie Peter Budaj and give an encouraging pat on the pads with his stick.Budaj’s stat ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

Could tell just how much Ryan Callahan meant in the Lightning dressing room by hearing teammates talk about his latest injury. Steven Stamkos said he was "sick to my stomach." Brayden Point called him a "heart and soul player." Teammates all saw how ...
Published: 12/16/17
Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

The good news for the Lightning is that GM Steve Yzerman is hopeful RW Ryan Callahan will be ready to go in 3-4 weeks when his upper body injury is re-evaluated. The hard part, however, is finding someone to replace the veteran wing. "I don’t know if...
Published: 12/16/17
Lightning trying to replace ‘heart and soul’ Ryan Callahan

Lightning trying to replace ‘heart and soul’ Ryan Callahan

With veteran wing Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks with an upper body injury, the natural question is who will fill his shoes?"I don't know if anyone can," coach Jon Cooper said.That's not to say the Lightning (26-6-2) can't win without Callahan....
Published: 12/16/17
Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

DENVER — There might be one team in hockey hotter than the Lightning.It is Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse.The Crunch has won 10 straight after Friday’s victory over Providence. Why is this important? While the AHL is a developmental league, the ...
Published: 12/16/17
Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
Published: 12/15/17
When you think you’ve got Brayden Point figured out, a surprise awaits

When you think you’ve got Brayden Point figured out, a surprise awaits

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Center Brayden Point is the Lightning’s calmest player, both on the ice and off, according to Victor Hedman.Point’s soft-spoken nature belies his baby face and 5-foot-10 frame. "I’ve never seen him angry before," Hedman said.That ma...
Published: 12/15/17
Ryan Callahan injury makes Lightning win ‘bittersweet’

Ryan Callahan injury makes Lightning win ‘bittersweet’

The Lightning's 4-1 victory over the Coyotes Thursday night still featured the usual post-game music in the dressing room.But there was more of a somber tone with veteran right wing Ryan Callahan's right arm in a sling. Callahan, who got hurt on a na...
Published: 12/15/17
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes.That included blowing a one-goal third-period lead at home down the stretch, with Tampa Bay missing the playoffs by a point."You l...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17
Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Coyotes center Clayton Keller is very familiar with fellow rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the dynamic Lightning defenseman. They both were top 10 picks in 2016, Keller at No. 7 and Sergachev No. 9 to Montreal. They faced each other in th...
Published: 12/14/17