Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins gave his thoughts on Saturday's Calgary/Vancouver incident, which saw Canucks head coach John Tortorella try and get into the Flames dressing room in the first intermission following a line brawl that occurred two seconds into the game.
"I’ve never seen a coach try to get in the room. I’ve seen instances where players are coming off the ice in similar vicinities trying to get at each other. It’s an emotional game. Everyone’s different, everyone carries their emotions differently. I think it’s a long day for the league. Those are the guys I feel for today, the guys that have to put down the judgement. That was some interesting TV, to put it lightly."
Eakins was asked if he would ever dress his fourth line to start a game.
“I would have done both things. It depends on where you’re at in the standings, how was your last game against them, how has your team been playing lately, how important are the points to you," the head coach began. " Because there’s two ways to go about it. You can come flying out with your most skilled guys — or maybe you come out with your second line saying ‘you’re going to do that? Maybe we’ll go up 1-0 right now and we’ll see how you like that’.
"Or you could come out swinging your guns and see what happens. You have to have a feel for your team. I don’t have a clue where Bob Hartley was with his team, I don’t have a clue where John Tortorella was with his team. I could look at the standings but until you’re right in it, on one team or the other, it’s hard for me to give an opinion. My answer is, I would do both. It all depends on where we were at with the team and what our relationship was with the other team."