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06-14-2011, 02:41 PM
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Dojji*
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Simple: Compared to the Nucks, the Habs are not bad, and the rivalry (and the fact that either team could beat the other one in any given meeting) keeps everyone accountable. People who speak out of turn and can't back it up get embarrassed fairly immediately.

The west-coast gum-flappers have impressed a lot of Bruins fans that there's worse things than a relatively respecful and accountable rivalry with a team that has limits. Since we've seen how bad a team can REALLY behave, the old familiar rivalry starts looking better and better.

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