Flames coach fined $50,000 for Game 2 fight against Canucks

 

Hartley fined, but Engelland will play Sunday for Calgary

 
 
 
 
Bob Hartley, head coach of the Calgary Flames, has been fined $50,000 by the National Hockey League, which blames the Calgary Flames coach for the brawl that broke out late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.
 
 

Bob Hartley, head coach of the Calgary Flames, has been fined $50,000 by the National Hockey League, which blames the Calgary Flames coach for the brawl that broke out late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.

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CALGARY — Bob Hartley has been fined $50,000 by the National Hockey League, which blames the Calgary Flames coach for the brawl that broke out late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.

In a news release issued Saturday afternoon, the league said the fine was “issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.”

In other words, the league felt Hartley precipitated the incident by the selection of players he had on the ice late in what was a 4-1 game.

But the Flames did get some good news from the NHL head office. The league rescinded the game misconduct instigator penalty handed to Calgary defenceman Deryk Engelland. That means Engelland will not be suspended and can play Sunday night when the Canucks and Flames meet in Game 3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

The league ruling was announced about two hours after the Flames’ optional practice early Saturday afternoon.

Engelland had said following that practice that he did not feel he deserved the instigator penalty.

“I don’t think anyone in there (deserved) an instigator,” he said. “It was kind of everyone coming together.”

At one point during Friday night’s fireworks, Engelland was double-teamed by Derek Dorsett and Dan Hamhuis.

“I thought (Engelland) looked like Andre the Giant in my young days,” Hartley joked Saturday. “I have rarely seen this, like two guys on one, but it seemed like it was an okay situation.”

There were media reports that Hamhuis was encouraged by the on-ice officials to tie up Engelland, who was fighting Dorsett. Engelland said he heard no such thing.

“I never heard that,” he said. “I never heard the linesmen tell anyone that. That’s what they are out there for, to take care of that situation. That’s new to me.”

Meanwhile, Hartley said he expects his struggling top line to continue to go head to head with the Sedins and Alex Burrows in Game 3.

Hartley suggested he had no plans to use his last change advantage to get Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau away from Vancouver’s top line.

“I believe in head to head,” said Hartley, who is doing all he can to insulate his top line from criticism.

“It’s just two games and there are two great young players with Huds, so my job is to take pressure away from them, not add pressure.

“They have got the job done for us all year. This is a different scenario, this is a different challenge. They are going to fight through, they are going to learn.”

But are they going to score? If they don’t start producing, Calgary will have a difficult time winning this series.

“I have the utmost confidence in those guys,” Hartley said. “They will get it done, they will find a way.”

Hudler, who led the Flames with 76 points in the regular season, has been nearly invisible in the first two games of the series. He was not made available for interviews Saturday, but Monahan and Gaudreau both spoke with reporters.

“I think we have got a lot more,” Monahan said. “We have played together for quite a stretch and we’re not doing what we did for the last 20 or 30 games. We know we’ve got more and we’re not too worried right now. I think we’re going to have a big one tomorrow night.”

“We haven’t been producing as much offence as we’d like,” added Gaudreau. “But right now the series is tied and we haven’t played our best, obviously, and it’s great to see we’re tied 1-1. More offence is going to come.”

The Flames say they have put the nasty ending to Friday night’s game behind them and are focused on using the energy their home-town crowd will provide in Game 3.

“It is going to be crazy,” Hartley said. “It is already crazy. It is going to be lots of fun. We only got part of the job done in Vancouver to gain home-ice advantage. Now Game 3 and 4 are in Calgary so let’s take advantage of our situation.

“The fans will do their share. We have to do our share also. The fans cannot score. We have to play our game. But it’s going to be electric tomorrow in this building.”

ICE CHIPS: Hartley said Jonas Hiller will start in goal Sunday night. He said he pulled Hiller in the third period of Friday night’s game simply to give Karri Ramo a bit of work. Hartley was fined $25,000 by the NHL last season for an incident that led to then Vancouver coach John Tortorella attempting to storm the Flames dressing room between periods of a game at Rogers Arena.

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Bob Hartley, head coach of the Calgary Flames, has been fined $50,000 by the National Hockey League, which blames the Calgary Flames coach for the brawl that broke out late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.
 

Bob Hartley, head coach of the Calgary Flames, has been fined $50,000 by the National Hockey League, which blames the Calgary Flames coach for the brawl that broke out late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Photograph by: Marianne Helm, Getty Images

 
Bob Hartley, head coach of the Calgary Flames, has been fined $50,000 by the National Hockey League, which blames the Calgary Flames coach for the brawl that broke out late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.
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Vancouver Canucks ##41 Ronalds Kenins ( C ) celebrates his goal on the  Calgary Flames with teammates #53 Bo Horvat, #36 Jannik Hansen, #5 Luca Sbisa and #3 Kevin Bieksa in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has been fined $50,000 by the National Hockey League, which blames the Calgary Flames coach for the brawl that broke out late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Calgary Flames #4 Kris Russell works to clear Vancouver Canucks #27 Shawn Matthias from in front of Flames goalie Jonas Hiller in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #15 Brad Richardson and Calgary Flames #6 Dennis Wideman tangle along the boards in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #36 Jannik Hansen looks for his gloove after a dog pile in the Canucks net during play against the Calgary Flames  in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.( For Prov / Sun Sports )
Vancouver Canucks #5 Luca Sbisa and Calgary Flames #79 Michael Ferland crash along the boards in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #2 Dan Hamhuis and Calgary Flames #4 Kris Russell battle for the puck in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack clears the puck past Calgary Flames #18 Matt Stajan in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #15 Brad Richardson, Canucks #27 Shawn Matthias, Calgary Flames #4 Kris Russell and Flames #13 Johnny Gaudreau look for the rebound as Flames goalie Jonas Hiller stops a shot in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #53 Bo Horvat and Calgary Flames #79 Michael Ferland crash into the net in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Calgary Flames #18 Matt Stajan pushes Vancouver Canucks #2 Dan Hamhuis in front of the net in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
The Vancouver Canucks celebrate a goal by Chris Higgins on the Calgary Flames  in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack drops his blocker to fix his pads during a break in play against the Calgary Flames in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #17 Radim Vrbata, #5 Luca Sbisa and Calgary Flames #79 Michael Ferland crash along the boards in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #15 Brad Richardson and Calgary Flames #6 Dennis Wideman look for the puck in front of Flames goalie Jonas Hiller in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack and #2 Dan Hamhuis look for the puck while pressure by Calgary Flames #18 Matt Stajan and#19 David Jones in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #22 Daniel Sedin is dumped along the boards by Calgary Flames #24 Jiri Hudler in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks ##41 Ronalds Kenins ( C ) celebrates his goal on the  Calgary Flames with teammates #53 Bo Horvat, #36 Jannik Hansen, #5 Luca Sbisa and #3 Kevin Bieksa in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #2 Dan Hamhuis and Calgary Flames \f79 look for an airborne puck in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Calgary Flames #79 Michael Ferland is knocked to the ice in front ofVancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #3 Kevin Bieksa works to move Calgary Flames #11 Mikael Backlund from in front of the net in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Calgary Flames #23 Sean Monahan  chases after Vancouver Canucks #5 Luca Sbisa in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #2 Dan Hamhuis and Calgary Flames #18 Matt Stajan crash along the boards in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks ##41 Ronalds Kenins ( C ) celebrates his goal on the  Calgary Flames with teammates #53 Bo Horvat, #36 Jannik Hansen, #5 Luca Sbisa and #3 Kevin Bieksa in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #13 Nick Bonino and Calgary Flames #3 David Schlemko dig for the puck in fromt of Flames goalie Jonas Hiller in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack skates off after a dog pile un the Canucks Net during play against the Calgary Flames in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #13 Nick Bonino shot is stopped by Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #13 Nick Bonino chats with #20 Chris Higgins on the bench after Higgins scored on the Calgary Flames in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks #27 Shawn Matthias and Calgary Flames #4 Kris Russell look for the rebound as Flames goalie Jonas Hiller stops a shot in the first period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Vancouver Canucks ##41 Ronalds Kenins ( C ) celebrates his goal on the  Calgary Flames with teammates #53 Bo Horvat, #36 Jannik Hansen, #5 Luca Sbisa and #3 Kevin Bieksa in the third period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
Calgary Flames #25 Brandon Bollig crashes intoVancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack  in the second period of the Game 2 of the Western Conference quarter final of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Vancouver April 17 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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