The Vancouver Canucks continued their long road trip with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils in New Jersey. Once again, it was the battle of former teammates as Roberto Luongo faced off against Cory Schneider (figuratively and not literally), giving me yet another opportunity to post my latest Canucks music video.
But I digress. After overtime had concluded, the cameras caught John Tortorella, referee Wes McCauley, and a few Canucks players sharing a chuckle as Torts handed over his shootout line-up.
We will likely never know what exactly they were all giggling about, but it’s sure fun to speculate. So we proudly present to you the Top 10 Things John Tortorella and the Referee Were Laughing About:
HM: The initial shootout list had BURROWS – SCHROEDER – HANSEN. – submitted by @tony_p_power
HM: “You’re seriously going to put in a Sedin for the shootout?” – submitted by @Reinhart73
HM: Torts wrote “Sedin” on the shootout list in an attempt to have both Sedins on the ice for a single attempt. – submitted by @PPGoose
HM: “Torts, you spelled Kesler S-e-d-i-n.” – submitted by @Drbl24
10: “Sestito in the 3 spot… Yeah that’s funny.” – submitted by @auldie10
9: “…and then Sean joins Twitter and says he’ll have better tweets than his Dad!” – submitted by @Rozzy80
8: “Edler? Seriously?” “Yeah, watch this.” – submitted by @BrowntoBure
7: “I am just gonna use Luongo. He is the best player we have tonight.” – submitted by @basketballphil
6: “You lost some players Torts … you can always use Lack in the shootout.” – submitted by @carlz8
5: “Just keep laughing so Alberts thinks he’ll be in the shootout.” – submitted by @elmeebaterina
4: Torts: “Bet you ten bucks Edler will score in the shootout.” Ref: “No brainer.” *whispers to himself* “Idiot.” – submitted by @jocethetip
3: “Look, I don’t know why the kid behind me looks so damn confused, I just work here…” – submitted by @octobermidnight
2: Torts: “I’m going to put Daniel in.” Ref: “ROIL (rolling on the ice laughing)”. – submitted by @TheFalconer
1: “Watch this, I’m going to use Daniel AND Edler and we’ll still win this shoot out!” – submitted by @jaybizzones
I wanted to leave you with a nice video from after the game last night. With Tortorella as he addressed the media was Liam Traynor and his family. Liam suffers from cerebral palsy and has been friends with Tortorella from back when Tortorella was coaching the Rangers. Liam was featured in HBO’s “24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the Winter Classic”.
Kudos to Tortorella for making time for Liam and his family. Torts said it best at the end of the video: “This is more important than hockey.”