Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley started his fourth line for the game against the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks coach John Tortorella responded by starting his fourth line. Predictably, the game started off with a bang.

With Kevin Westgarth at center, taking the faceoff for the Flames, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa relieved rookie Kellan Lain and lined up against the big Ivy Leaguer. The puck dropped and so did the gloves. Brian McGrattan squared off against Tom Sestito. Blair Jones took on Dale Weise. Bieksa skated away from Westgarth who inevitably grabbed Lain. Bieksa found Ladislav Smid. Chris Butler and Jason Garrison made the fifth and final line brawl pair.

It took the linesmen a while to break things up and the referees quite some time to sort out the penalties. All but McGrattan and Sestito were tossed. It was Lain’s very first game, and while he started, he saw all of two seconds of it from ice-level.

Tortorella started yelling at Hartley before the initial faceoff. During and post-brawl he was incensed, continuously screaming and going closest he could to the Flames bench.

After the first period, which continued to be nasty, Tortorella went towards the Flames dressing room to continue his outburst. With a full hallway and some moderate pushing goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk eventually came out of the Flames room and needed to be restrained, primarily by McGrattan.

The game eventually simmered some. Dennis Wideman played a whopping 38:05 for Calgary.

The Canucks took the game in a shootout, 3-2.

Last night, pre-fight

Before the brawl took the league’s attention there were a couple of other good bouts.

Eric Boulton and Jay Rosehill had their second throw down of the season. It was another open, back and forth punch-fest.

Eric Nystrom had another good showing. This time it was against Cody McLeod. Last week he had a good scrap against Colin Greening.

Line brawl

Brian McGrattan vs Tom Sestito Jan 18, 2014
Kevin Westgarth vs Kellan Lain Jan 18, 2014
Ladislav Smid vs Kevin Bieksa Jan 18, 2014
Blair Jones vs Dale Weise Jan 18, 2014
Chris Butler vs Jason Garrison Jan 18, 2014

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Erik Johnson vs Paul Gaustad Jan 18, 2014
Cody McLeod vs Eric Nystrom Jan 18, 2014
Eric Boulton vs Jay Rosehill Jan 18, 2014
Mark Stuart vs Matt Hendricks Jan 18, 2014
Andrew Desjardins vs Jean-Philippe Cote Jan 18, 2014
Connor Carrick vs Matt Calvert Jan 17, 2014
Anthony Peluso vs Brian McGrattan Jan 16, 2014
Ryan Jones vs Stephane Veilleux Jan 16, 2014
Colin McDonald vs Eric Brewer Jan 16, 2014
Robyn Regehr vs Barret Jackman Jan 16, 2014
Jannik Hansen vs Sami Vatanen Jan 15, 2014
Tom Sestito vs Tim Jackman Jan 15, 2014
Tom Sestito vs Tim Jackman Jan 15, 2014
Ryan Jones vs Brenden Dillon Jan 14, 2014
Mike Brown vs Aaron Volpatti Jan 14, 2014
Frazer McLaren vs Shawn Thornton Jan 14, 2014