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03-27-2011, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerEsq View Post
The Pens are not a rival, they are just a team in our division. They wish to be rivals with the #1 market in the NHL, but there just isn't the intensity with them, at least not from our side.

They may feel very animated about it, but the #1 market will always draw that kind of intensity. Boston, Washington, etc also think they have a rivalry with us.

Ranger-Islander games drew fights even when they did not matter. Pitt is only interesting because of playoffs competition.

If Pitt were replaced by Tampa or Phienix in our division, they would become just as much of a rival.
Are you watching the games??? Pens/Rangers has been as nasty as any rivalry in hockey for the past two decades. They absolutely hate each other. How is there no intensity from our side? You can see how much games against the Pens mean to our guys. The Pens are right up there with the other three and always have been. I don't know where this perception of the Pens being a 2nd tier rival came from, because it certainly doesn't come from the ice. These two teams clearly despise one another. We've been brawling with the Pens dating back to when we cheap-shotted Mario back in '92.

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