Series notes: After being fined, Hartley jokes that he needs to win the lottery

 

 
 
 
 
CALGARY, AB.; APRIL 14, 2015   --  Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley stands with players, from the left, Jiri Hudler, Cory Potter, Tyler Wotherspoon and David Schlemko during practice Tuesday April 14, 2015. (Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank. Trax # 00064194A
 
 

CALGARY, AB.; APRIL 14, 2015 -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley stands with players, from the left, Jiri Hudler, Cory Potter, Tyler Wotherspoon and David Schlemko during practice Tuesday April 14, 2015. (Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank. Trax # 00064194A

Photograph by: Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

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CALGARY — Maybe some day we’ll see Bob Hartley in one of those cheesy ‘I just won Lotto 6/49’ TV ads.

The Calgary Flames head coach hopes so, anyway. He joked Sunday that he needs the money after being fined $50,000 by the NHL on the weekend.

Hartley was supposed to let his general manager talk about that fine, but couldn’t help referencing it when asked about the Edmonton Oilers winning the draft lottery.

“Good for them,” Hartley said. “I buy lottery tickets every day. . .I hope I win the next lottery. I need it.”

Before Hartley met with reporters following Sunday morning’s game-day skate, Flames general manager Brad Treliving offered the organization’s reaction to Hartley’s fine. It was levied in response to the line brawl near the end of the Canucks’ 4-1 win in Game 2 of the series on Friday night.

After saying the Flames respect the decision, Treliving made it quite clear he disagreed with it.

“I am somewhat confused on why our coach was fined based on the events of Friday night,” Treliving said. “In our view the most dangerous of Friday night’s events are when two players were engaged with one of ours. Thankfully, there was no injury there. But we stand behind our coach and our players 100 per cent with the events of Friday night.”

TAG TEAM: Treliving was referring to Calgary defenceman Deryk Engelland being double-teamed by two Canucks, Derek Dorsett and Dan Hamhuis.

Engelland, who emerged from the fracas with three game misconducts, had his instigator penalty rescinded by the NHL on the weekend. That meant he was cleared to play in Game 3 on Sunday night.

“I don’t feel I instigated anything there,” Engelland said before Sunday’s game. “It was good they looked at it, reviewed it and took it away. I am obviously very happy about being able to play.”

Dorsett said he agreed with the league’s decision.

“It is what it is, it’s playoff hockey, it is going to be intense and emotions are going to boil over,” Dorsett said. “They fined the coach . . . I don’t think anyone should have been suspended for it. It happened, it was the end of the game.”

Dorsett also suggested he had been misquoted after Friday night’s game when it was reported that he said the officials had asked Hamhuis to come over to help separate Engelland and Dorsett.

“I was on the bottom of the pile, Hamhuis came in, we’re both there,” Dorsett said. “Hamhuis had Engelland tied up, Engelland kept trying to throw, he (the referee) said ‘just tie him up, guys.’ We tied him up like he told us to and that’s how it went.”

LUCKY OILERS: Like nearly everyone else, Trevor Linden’s jaw dropped when the Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

“It’s one of those things, it’s a lottery,” said Linden, Vancouver’s president of hockey operations. “It’s a pretty interesting process. What can you say, a whole lot of luck is involved.

“Certainly it’s a game-changer for any organization that would have won. And for Edmonton, given their situation and moving into a new building, it’s huge. When you look at what Sidney Crosby meant to Pittsburgh and the Penguins, it’s a pretty impactful day.”

As you can imagine, the Oilers draft lottery win played especially bad in Calgary. But Hartley took the high road.

“They have some good kids, we have some great kids,” Hartley said. “Let’s remember that hockey goes through cycles and both organizations are on the rise and are banking on young prospects and young talent. So I think the future is very bright in Alberta.”

ALBERTA RIVALS: Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett was an interested observer of the draft lottery. Bennett and McDavid spent seven years as minor hockey teammates.

“We are more used to be teammates than opponents,” said Bennett, who was selected fourth overall in last year’s draft. “We’ve been friends for a very long time. I’ve played against him a few times, but definitely that will be an exciting bunch of years playing against him. That will be really cool.”

NO HARD FEELINGS: Canucks coach Willie Desjardins apparently isn’t about to go all John Tortorella on Hartley.

“A coach’s job is to find ways to win,” Desjardins said of Hartley on Sunday. “He’ll do what he needs to do to get his team going.”

QUOTABLE: “While (Sean) Monahan was learning to ride his bike, the Sedins were starting to play in the NHL.” -- Hartley on the experience gap of the Canucks’ and Flames’ first lines.

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CALGARY, AB.; APRIL 14, 2015   --  Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley stands with players, from the left, Jiri Hudler, Cory Potter, Tyler Wotherspoon and David Schlemko during practice Tuesday April 14, 2015. (Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank. Trax # 00064194A
 

CALGARY, AB.; APRIL 14, 2015 -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley stands with players, from the left, Jiri Hudler, Cory Potter, Tyler Wotherspoon and David Schlemko during practice Tuesday April 14, 2015. (Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank. Trax # 00064194A

Photograph by: Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

 
CALGARY, AB.; APRIL 14, 2015   --  Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley stands with players, from the left, Jiri Hudler, Cory Potter, Tyler Wotherspoon and David Schlemko during practice Tuesday April 14, 2015. (Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank. Trax # 00064194A
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley sets a play during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The Flames defeated the Bruins 4-3 in overtime.
Bob Hartley, head coach of the Calgary Flames, gives direction on the bench during third period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on April 11, 2015 in Winnipeg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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