An Ancient Rivalry Resumes

If you had to rank the New York-Boston rivalries by intensity, I think they would look like this:

1-Yankees-Red Sox

2-Celtics-Knicks

3-Jets-Patriots (Giants-Patriots aren’t at this level yet.) 

4- Rangers-Bruins

I would say there is a big gap from 1 to 2 and a bigger gap from 3 to 4. The Rangers vs.Bruins just isn’t a big thing. But, that wasn’t always the case. 

Here’s a great story about the Rangers-Bruins rivalry from back in the 70’s. I don’t remember any of this, but the stories are pretty good. 

Here’s a more famous incident from the past 40 years. Two things about that scene. First, only three Bruins got suspended and the longest suspension was for 8 days.What a different world that was. Second, its the reason the glass is much, much higher in arenas now. 

As for the present, the Rangers’ chances all come down to Lundqvist. Nobody is beating the guy who showed up in Games 3-7 of the Capitals series. I am going with the Rangers in six. 

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Comments

  • blmeanie  On May 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I like the destiny bruins in 7

  • Greg  On May 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t much follow sports other than baseball, so I’ve refrained from commenting on this site (though I have been following it), but since you two have pretty much provided almost all the posts on this website, I’ll just wish you both a well-played, nail-biting, memorable series for the ages that re-invigorates this long-dormant but natural rivalry. Enjoy!

  • blmeanie  On May 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Great game last night. Thought the Bruins dominated the first period and overtime. Should be a great series.

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