Each team started its fourth line -- the Canucks matched the Flames' fivesome -- with all 10 players pairing off to scrap. Tortorella could be seen yelling at the Flames bench shortly afterwards.
Comparisons to the movie Slapshot swirled around social media sites as five players from each team squeezed into the two penalty boxes. The two clubs combined for a total of 10 fighting majors, eight game misconducts, and 152 penalty minutes in the first two seconds of the game.
The highlight of the game came off the ice when Tortorella attempted to venture into the Flames dressing room during the first intermission. Video surveillance showed Tortorella shoving with Flames staff, as heavyweight Brian McGrattan shoved him away.
Tortorella will face an in-person hearing from the NHL on Monday morning. He potentially could be fined or suspended for his actions. In a post-game press conference, Tortorella refused to comment on the incident.
The Flames and Canucks weren't the only teams in battle Saturday night. The Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings exchanged some heated moments in a 3-2-shootout win by Detroit.
Goaltenders and USA Olympic teammates Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick could be seen exchanging words at centre ice during the second period. Quick shoved Howard, prompting Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi to intervene. The two will be fighting further for a starting position in Sochi.