Flames-Canucks line brawl draws cross-border ire

Fight-filled game ignites war of words across the border

Odds are, ESPN commentator Peter Gammons is about to get a whole lot less popular in Canada.

Gammons was just one of those who spoke out against the NHL and professional hockey in general after a heated Vancouver Canucks-Calgary Flames game that featured an all-skater fight within the first two seconds, an altercation involving notoriously feisty Vancouver head coach John Tortorella, and several more outbursts of violence throughout the eventual 3-2 Canucks shootout victory.

When the game was all said and done, more than 200 penalty minutes were doled out by the undoubtedly weary referees. Unsurprisingly, Tortorella has been called to the carpet for a hearing about his actions during the first intermission.