CBC and The Canucks End Feud. Thank You, Lord.

From The White Towel:

Peace has been reached in the public relations war between the Vancouver Canucks and the CBC.

During a Wednesday morning conference call, it was resolved that the NHL club and the national broadcaster have patched up their differences. To what degree was not revealed.

Upset over Ron MacLean’s one-sided summation of the Alex Burrows-Stephane Auger affair — a rambling Jan. 16 rant on Hockey Night in Canada that infuriated the Canucks and coach Alain Vigneault — the Canucks did not make their players available for interviews last Saturday, even though Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler were named stars. It’s customary for the CBC to do post-game interviews with a game star.

The Canucks are in Toronto on Saturday to face the Maple Leafs as part of a Hockey Day in Canada triple-header and an extended boycott could have caused a further problem for CBC to corner Canuck interviews and features.

“It’s business as usual,” said Canucks media relations directors T.C. Carling. “There will be no further comment and we are not answering any more questions. The conversation will remain confidential.”

Huzzah!

NHL Net Promotes Blackhawks/Sharks Coverage

NEW YORK (January 27, 2010) – Having waged a season-long battle for first place in the Western Conference and the best overall record in the National Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks will meet face-to-face for the fourth and final time in the 2009-10 regular season Thursday night at HP Pavilion. And NHL Network™ U.S. will be on hand to broadcast the clash in HD to a nationwide audience.

Relentlessly pursuing their third straight Pacific Division title and second Presidents’ Trophy in a row, the Sharks have won five straight games and possess the League’s top record, 35-10-8. Forwards Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley all rank among the NHL’s top 10 scorers. And Evgeni Nabokov is among the top five goaltenders in the League in wins (30), goals against average (2.17), save percentage (.928) and shutouts (five).

All-Star San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle, who ranks third among NHL blueliners in scoring with 10 goals and 33 assists, will preview the clash when he appears this afternoon on NHL Live!, which is broadcast every weekday from noon to 2 p.m. ET on Sirius XM Radio, simulcast on NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.

Following up their resounding run to the Western Conference Final last season, the Blackhawks sit atop the Central Division with a 36-13-4 record and are just two points behind San Jose for first place overall in the NHL. Winger Patrick Kane leads the Hawks and ranks sixth in the NHL in scoring with 59 points (21-38-59). Defenseman Duncan Keith has 11 goals and 37 assists and is making a run at his first Norris Trophy.

Chicago has won two of the teams’ three meetings this season. A goal 41 seconds into overtime by D Brent Seabrook gave the ‘Hawks a 4-3 victory in Chicago Nov. 15. RW Marian Hossa scored two goals in his Blackhawks debut in a 7-2 Chicago romp ten days later in San Jose. Nabokov stole the show Dec. 22 in Chicago, when the Blackhawks outshot the Sharks, 47-14, only to have San Jose prevail, 3-2, on a goal and assist each by Thornton and Heatley.

Your Morning Ron MacLean/CBC/Canucks Update

It just won’t die.  Thank you, Nucks Misconduct, for the link to this Globe and Mail story:

The Vancouver Canucks plan to meet with staff of the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada over its criticism of Alex Burrows, general manager Mike Gillis said Tuesday.

Gillis wouldn’t say what approach the Canucks will take after host Ron MacLean criticized the Canuck winger after he said NHL referee Stephane Auger was out to get him.

“I apologize but I really don’t want to say what the factors are that we’re considering,” Gillis said as he watched the Canucks practise. “We’re going to meet with them and we’re going to see what their reaction is and go from there.”

Make it stop, please make it stop.

Someone at VERSUS Had a Bad Spelling Day

I did not see the Coyotes-Red Wings game, but I assume as a 5-4 OT tilt, it was awesome.  So I searched up the highlights, and found this headline for them on VERSUS.com.  :

NHL PHOENIX CAYOTES OVERTIME WIN VS DETROIT REDWINGS HIGHLIGHTS

This post was made last night and hopefully will be corrected at the time of publish.  Regardless, do go to the link and check out the highlights.  John Forslund and Andy Brickley are fantastic, and VERSUS’ production really shone from what I saw.  Just, you know… you’re gonna see the Coyotes a lot in the post-season, please learn how to spell the team name.