For once, it was Ron MacLean who stirred up controversy on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, rather than his long-time partner Don Cherry.
MacLean opened up Wednesday night's broadcast of Game 6 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals by referencing the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001.
"It's New York and Washington, the economic and political engines of America. United in the birth of the country, they're also linked in tragedy. They were the twin targets of the coordinated attacks on 9-11," MacLean said. "It's crazy to compare what the emergency respondents did at that time."
MacLean, however, might have crossed that very line by drawing similarities between what emergency personnel went through on that day and what NHLers go through during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"You can't help but be struck by the players and the way they've played these games. They are like police officers, they are like firefighters," MacLean said. "You can't fight fire with ego. The pain these men have faced, the price they keep on paying, the hearts they keep on lifting."
The 9-11 attacks saw the use of passenger jets to strike targets, including the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks and more than 6,000 were injured.