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1Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 7:37 am

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Caps penalize 'classless' CBC

Ban HNIC from dressing room before games after keys to victory aired

By ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

Last Updated: 8th May 2009, 2:15am

PITTSBURGH -- George McPhee has given the boot to Hockey Night In Canada.

The Capitals GM said the CBC crew is no longer welcome in his team's locker room before games after the network aired footage of the coaching staff's six keys to victory for Game 3 Wednesday against the Penguins.

Caps brass was almost as steamed at CBC as it was with what it felt was one-sided officiating in the 3-2 OT loss.

While none of the six keys written on a dressing room board detailed in-depth strategy, the Caps were furious that CBC broke what they believe was an implied trust.

"They, of all people, should know better," McPhee said. "They shouldn't have done it. They've been talked to."

Making matters worse, in the Caps' opinion, was that CBC froze the shot and had analysts Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey break down the keys point by point.

NETWORK TAKES BLAME

Coach Bruce Boudreau chimed in, calling the CBC act "classless" and "unprofessional" and expressed surprise the network would air the footage.

"They overstepped their bounds," Caps spokesman Nate Ewell said. "They basically game-planned for the Penguins. It was ridiculous."

HNIC's executive producer, Sherali Najak, acknowledged the footage should never have aired, but added there was no "malicious intent" by the broadcaster.

The board appeared behind Caps star Alex Ovechkin in footage shot by a CBC cameraman. U.S. network Versus had access to the feed and also aired it.

"I can understand (the Caps) being upset about it. We don't own the room," Najak said. "We shouldn't have put it on air. It was a mistake and we'll move on."

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As for the officials, McPhee and Boudreau were exasperated at what they felt was a one-sided display. At one point, the Penguins had six consecutive power plays.

"One team gets seven power plays and the other team gets two, it's hard to win," McPhee said. "The supervisor in this series is as good as they come -- Terry Gregson is terrific. But if the referees aren't going to listen to them, what good is it?

"Some penalties you deserve, and some shouldn't be called in an NHL playoff game. This hasn't been our style to whine about this, but at some point you have to say something."

Ovechkin threat probed

It may have been merely a prank on an online message board, but Pittsburgh police are taking seriously a death threat against Alex Ovechkin. The NHL is also is investigating the threat, in which a 17-year-old reportedly posted a message on an official Penguins message board earlier in the week threatening to kill the Capitals superstar.

ROB.LONGLEY@SUNMEDIA.CA

2Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 7:53 am

Nasty Nas

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hmm yah I thought that was pretty strange they actuallly pointed that out on CBC. It was kinda interesting to see but I can definately see why McPhee would be angry.

3Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 8:01 am

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Tsk tsk tsk CBC... they should have known better. Really.

4Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 8:07 am

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this is just another bad story which is causing a decline in covering games on CBC, stuff like this keeps up and TSN will have the monopoly on games which they are so badly wanting. The writing is on the wall for the CBC by losing their theme song to TSN, and I believe they lost the Olympic coverage as well for 2010.

5Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 8:58 am

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This is a major faux-pas by the CBC, and I think both McPhee and Boudreau hit the nail on the head with their term "implied trust."
Man, whether you have a journalistic background or not, I would think anyone who has an interest in hockey and understands coaching tactics would know this is the sort of thing you don't want the other team having, let alone the general public...

CBC, your continuous miscues, missteps and bungles are piling up. Smarten the hell up, would ya!!

6Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 8:58 am

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Cronie wrote:This is a major faux-pas by the CBC, and I think both McPhee and Boudreau hit the nail on the head with their term "implied trust."
Man, whether you have a journalistic background or not, I would think anyone who has an interest in hockey and understands coaching tactics would know this is the sort of thing you don't want the other team having, let alone the general public...

CBC, your continuous miscues, missteps and bungles are piling up. Smarten the hell up, would ya!!

and to think, this is where part of our tax money goes, absolutely despicable. :gg:

7Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 9:09 am

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Conspiracy theory? CBC's got the series they've dreamed about. They don't want it to be a sweep.

Wink

8Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 9:16 am

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asq2 wrote:Conspiracy theory? CBC's got the series they've dreamed about. They don't want it to be a sweep.

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HA HA!

CBC: "Let's help this go to 7...."

9Caps penalize 'classless' CBC Empty Re: Caps penalize 'classless' CBC on Fri May 08, 2009 9:23 am

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shabbs wrote:
asq2 wrote:Conspiracy theory? CBC's got the series they've dreamed about. They don't want it to be a sweep.

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HA HA!

CBC: "Let's help this go to 7...."

That would result in more Coaches corners that Cherry blasts all the russians except Malkin.

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