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
LightningSharks
CanadiensKings
MetropolitanDivisionRangersBluesDivisioncentral
FlyersBlackhawks
7 Blue Jackets7 Wild
2 Penguins2 Avalanche


East

BRUINS (1) VS. RED WINGS (8)

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*

PENGUINS (2) VS. JACKETS (7)

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*

LIGHTNING VS. CANADIENS

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

RANGERS VS. FLYERS

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*

West

DUCKS (1) VS. STARS (8)

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*

AVALANCHE (2) VS. WILD (7)

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*

BLUES VS. BLACKHAWKS

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*

SHARKS VS. KINGS

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

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