With the overtime win last night, John Tortorella has earned a spot as a coach for the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa. NHL.com breaks down the specifics of how it he clinched it, but the basic explanation is that the coach of the top team in each conference based on points percentage through January 9th earns a spot. The only team in the Eastern Conference with the ability to surpass the Rangers by January 9th is the Bruins, but since they won the Stanley Cup Claude Julien automatically earns a spot. Thus, if Europe, 24/7, and the Winter Classic wasn’t enough for Torts, he’ll be a part of the All-Star Game this season as well.
The full Bruins’ coaching staff will be in charge of one of the teams while Tortorella plus the coach of whatever team is on top of the Western Conference in points percentage will coach the other.