Malarchuk found himself at centre of Canucks fight

Canucks' head coach John Tortorella (right) screams at the Calgary Flames bench after a line-brawl...

Canucks' head coach John Tortorella (right) screams at the Calgary Flames bench after a line-brawl kicked off Saturday night's game in Vancouver. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 PM ET

At the conclusion of the most tumultuous -- and arguably entertaining -- period in recent Calgary Flames history Saturday, Clint Malarchuk strolled into the coaches office to see something strange.

"I looked up at the TV and saw on the monitor what was going on in the hall a few feet away and I heard yelling," said the Flames' colourful goaltending coach.

Having been part of one the NHL's most famous brawls, the 52-year-old Malarchuk raced to the scene where he quickly entered the picture for millions of Hockey Night in Canada viewers to see. Upon his hasty arrival at the head of the confrontation, he realized the man he was trying to get at was none other than his longtime pal, John Tortorella, who had foolishly waded into the Flames dressing room hallway with guns ablazin' and fingers pointing.

"I know Torts from Buffalo -- he was an assistant there when I was playing (from 1989-'92)," Malarchuk said Sunday.


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