Late in the first period of Saturday’s 6-2 win by the Vancouver Canucks over the Edmonton Oilers, there was a verbal jousting match going on between the two benches.
Canucks head coach John Tortorella got into the fray and was shown yelling and pointing at the Oilers bench. Oilers assistant coach Keith Acton was shown firing some shots of his own at the Canucks bench.
It turns out Tortorella wasn’t happy about Acton yelling at his players.
“I just think a coach shouldn’t be yelling at an opposing team’s players. That’s what was happening,” Tortorella said.
“He’s yapping at my players and I can’t sit there and watch that. I’m not interested in yelling back and forth with coaches, but I just don’t think coaches should be yelling at the players. It’s about them.”
In the first period intermission, CBC analyst Glenn Healy speculated Tortorella was upset about Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins‘s choice of players on the ice and opined Tortorella should “suck it up and shut up.”
These comments were relayed to Tortorella in the post-game news conference.
“I don’t care what CBC has to say quite honestly,” responded Tortorella. “They don’t know what’s happening, so I really don’t give a [expletive] what they say.”