"With the lineup that he had, I'm not going to put those types of players at risk and that's what ensued. I'm not proud of it. I've apologized to every one of the players involved in it. I don't feel great about it at all."
Hartley was left shaking his head over Tortorella charging his team's dressing room.
"I just don't understand," he said. "I got out of there. I don't need to get suspended or fined.
"There is nothing to be settled there. I just don't understand what was going on."
Hartley also defended his starting lineup.
"Those guys are playing well for us," he said. "They got a goal last game. We're not scoring many goals. We had zero intentions there.
"As far as I know they were the home team. They had the luxury to put whoever they wanted on the ice."
The teams combined for 188 penalty minutes in the first period -- 142 penalty minutes in the first five minutes of the game and smaller skirmishes throughout the opening period. Calgary's Shane O'Brien and Vancouver's Zack Kassian each received 10-minute misconducts later in the period. A total of 204 penalty minutes were logged Saturday night.
Tortorella declined to answer questions about potential disciplinary actions, though it is safe to assume he will likely receive either a hefty fine, a suspension or both.
The fiery coach has been fined multiple times for some particularly colorful post-game tirades. He has also been suspended previously for throwing a water bottle at a fan during a game against the Washington Capitals in 2009.
This was not the first time Tortorella encountered a situation like Saturday night. He blasted Devils coach Pete DeBoer from the bench after DeBoer started his fourth line against the Rangers in 2012, an uncannily similar incident in which Tortorella matched with his tough guys -- having rugged defenseman Stu Bickel take the opening draw -- and a line brawl ensued.Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang and The Associated Press was used in this report.