Rivals at peace as Quenneville, Vigneault make up
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org February 5, 2011 12:08AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It was another chapter in the continuously growing rivalry between the Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks. But it’s over.
After the Hawks embarrassed the Canucks in front of their fans in a 7-1 rout at Rogers Arena on Nov. 20, coach Alain Vigneault accused the Hawks — and basically coach Joel Quenneville — of trying to run up the score by sending out his stars on a late power play.
Quenneville disputed the comments, saying he was just rolling four lines, which the makeshift power-play unit would suggest. But on Friday, they agreed: There’s no feud.
“Joel and I have kissed and made up since then,” Vigneault said. “We saw each other at the All-Star Game. I still stand behind what I said, but he’s doing his job and so am I.”
This time Quenneville laughed when told of Vigneault’s comments.
“He had bad breath,” a smiling Quenneville said. “Yeah, it’s over.”
Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo admitted there was more incentive when facing the Hawks, but he called Friday’s matchup just “a regular-season game.” The Canucks split the last two season series 2-2, while the Hawks dominated in the playoffs.
“We will only be satisfied if he we get on top of them in the playoffs,” Luongo said. “You’ve got something to prove when it comes to the playoffs. We’ve done a pretty good job against them during the regular season. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the playoffs and who comes out on top then.”
Winger Patrick Kane tweaked his injured left ankle in Friday’s morning skate and left early. But Kane felt good enough to play against the Canucks.
“When you’re dealing with that injury, it’s one of those that lingers on throughout the whole year,” Quenneville said. “You just got to deal with it.”