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5 Teams the Boston Bruins have Revived Rivalries with this Season

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5 Teams the Boston Bruins have Revived Rivalries with this Season

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The Boston Bruins are one of the original six teams in the NHL. They have rivalries going back to the start of the league. The Bruins have played some physical games against some of the best teams in the NHL this year. Each time they play, there seems to be one or two key plays that sets both teams off. These games leave you wanting more and circling the date on the calendar for the rematch.

The Bruins have lost key players in some of these games. Loui Eriksson has yet to return to the rink since being hit by Brooks Orpik in early December. Kevan Miller was plastered against the boards by Dion Phaneuf leaving fans anticipating their next meeting. The Bruins also lost their bruiser Shawn Thornton for 15 games do to an ugly incident with Orpik.

The Bruins storied franchise leaves fans plenty of story lines to read about. It’s when these story lines are ignited or additional chapters are written that these games become interesting. These stories are the difference between an average game in January, and a game in January that has the feeling of a playoff game. There is something different in the atmosphere. Both teams play with a sense of urgency, fan’s are juiced up, and there is a sense of bad blood that could erupt at any point in time during the game. These are the game’s that the NHL should be hoping for. It’s the perfect marketing tool in the dog days of the winter.

The Bruins have a number of games against teams that they have revived rivalries with this season.

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5. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf

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Dion Phaneuf revived the rivalry with the Boston Bruins after he hit Kevan Miller from behind. The Bruins had already ignited this rivalry when they came back to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs last year.

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4. Vancouver Canucks are Still Bitter after Losing the Stanley Cup

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The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks for the Stanley Cup a few years ago. The Canucks embarrassed the Bruins six to two in the Bruins’ return to Vancouver. There was bad blood all night between the two teams. Including Brad Marchand taunting the Canucks by kissing his ring finger. There was also an off-the-ice altercation involving Milan Lucic.

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3. The Detroit Red Wings Embarassed the Boston Bruins

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The Detroit Red Wings embarrassed a prideful Boston Bruins 6-1 earlier in the year. The two Original Six teams could possibly meet in the playoffs.

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2. Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins Always have Bad Blood

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Max Paciorety hit Johnny Boychuk from behind earlier in the year. Zdeno Chara slammed Paciorety into a stanchion a few years ago putting him in the hospital. This just adds to the bad blood between the two.

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1. The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins Played One of the Nastiest Games of the Year

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The Boston Bruins played the Piitsburgh Penguins in one of the nastiest games of the year. James Neal was suspended for five games for kneeing Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton was suspended 15 games for his assault on Brooks Oprik and Loui Eriksson has yet to return to the ice since Orpik layed him out at the blue line.