NHL Notes: John Tortorella suspended 15 days

NHL Notes: John Tortorella suspended 15 days
January 20, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Canucks head coach John Tortorella (right) points at the Flames' bench after a first-period brawl on Saturday night between both teams. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- The NHL has suspended Vancouver coach John Tortorella without pay for 15 days for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames.

Tortorella went to Calgary's locker room at intermission following the first period Saturday night, which began with several fights and four game misconducts per team. Vancouver won the game 3-2 in a shootout.

"Mr. Tortorella's actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the league," NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement.

"Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game."

Tortorella's suspension runs through Feb. 2. He will miss six games starting with Tuesday night at Edmonton.

Canucks: Henrik Sedin's ironman streak ends
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Henrik Sedin's NHL ironman streak is ending at 679 games. He last missed a game 10 seasons ago.

Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan said Monday the Vancouver captain will not play at Edmonton on Tuesday because of an undisclosed injury. He is listed as day to day.

Sedin has the second-highest total for consecutive games among active players. St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester takes a streak of 682 straight appearances into Monday night's game at Detroit.

Sedin left after the second period of Saturday's brawl-marred game against the Calgary Flames that the Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout.

Capitals: Grubauer to AHL
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have re-assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey of the AHL.

The Capitals made the move Monday.

Grubauer had been on pace to establish himself as the Capitals' No. 1 goalie until he was pulled from the last two games. He allowed three goals on 14 shots Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and three goals on eight shots Sunday against the New York Rangers.

The 22-year-old Grubauer has appeared in 16 games with a 6-4-5 record, a 2.38 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He earned his first NHL win Dec. 8 against the Rangers and has started 14 of Washington's last 20 games.

His departure leaves Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth as the Capitals' goalies.

Flames: Stajan extended
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames have signed Matt Stajan to a four-year deal worth $12.5 million.

Stajan has seven goals and 10 assists in 41 games this season.

The 30-year-old center made his debut in 2002 with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded to Calgary in 2010.

Stajan has 116 goals and 212 assists in 693 games.

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