Saturday night’s Canucks home opener was a completely novel viewing experience for the Vancouver hockey fan. After jumping out to a 4-1 lead, the Canucks did the hitherto unthinkable, continuing to pressure the Oilers until the game was over. The result, a near-flawless victory, with very few moments where the team looked in danger of relinquishing their lead. It was exactly the sort of performance the fanbase needed to get onboard with the new regime, especially after Thursday night’s embarrassing debut in San Jose.
But then John Tortorella ingratiated himself to the fanbase even further postgame, turning his trademark snarl on the CBC after learning that he had been criticized for a brief shouting match with Oilers coach Dallas Eakins at the end of the first. Told that Glenn Healy had said Tortorella needed to “suck it up and shut up,” Torts snarled back, “I really don’t give a shit what they say.”Continue Reading —›