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Tortorella gets ban from NHL

AP

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.

Leafs down Coyotes

Glendale Arizona AP

Coming off a four-game losing streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs put an emphasis on getting off to better starts.

They’ve been doing just that and it’s led to their longest win streak in seven years.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots and the Maple Leafs used a fast start to kick off another big scoring night, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Monday for their first five-game winning streak since 2007.

“It feel great and feels great for a goalie too,” Bernier said of getting off to fast starts. “That’s our main focus; we know if we score the first goal in this league, you have a good chance to win.”

With Bernier making some tough saves early, Toronto jumped out to a 3-0 lead by early in the second period.

The Maple Leafs withstood a flurry of shots by Phoenix, thanks to some tough saves by Bernier and some near-misses by the Coyotes, and pulled away to win five straight games for the first time since Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 2007.

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to six games. Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri also had a goal and an assist, and Carl Gunnarsson scored his first goal in nearly a year.

Buoyed by its fast starts, Toronto has scored 20 goals during its winning streak.

“We feel this group can continue to grow and play to a higher level — enough talking about it,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. “Action speaks louder than words and we have to continue to challenge this group to play better and become a playoff team.”

The Coyotes had plenty of chances.

Most of them were turned away by Bernier, a few by the goal posts and numerous others just missed the mark, leading to a frustrating loss.

Sharks 3, Flames 2

In San Jose, Joe Pavelski scored two goals to move into a tie for the second most in the NHL this season and lift the Sharks over Calgary.

Pavelski scored on a deflection in the first period and on the power play in the second to give him five goals in his past two games and 18 in the past 20 to tie Anaheim’s Corey Perry with 27 on the season. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin has 35.

Panthers 5, Penguins 1

In Pittsburgh, Drew Shore scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career and Florida ended the Penguins’ club-record 13-game home winning streak.

Blues 4, Red Wings 1

In Detroit, Magnus Paarjarvi, Barret Jackman, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored and St. Louis beat the Red Wings.

Islanders 4, Flyers 3 (SO)

In Uniondale, New York, Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal on a power play late in regulation and then netted the decisive tally in the shootout as the Islanders topped Philadelphia.

Predators 4, Stars 1

In Nashville, Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators over Dallas.

Bruins 3, Kings 2

In Boston, Brad Marchand continued his recent hot scoring stretch with a pair of goals, lifting the Bruins over Los Angeles.