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12-07-2012, 12:55 PM
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SH15
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Russia!

I equate this to people asking Leafs fans who their biggest rival is, Habs or Sens. It's great to have new-age rivalries, but for me the ones with history as well always get top nod and get me fired up more.

Games against USA are definitely crazy intense these days, especially with USA's rise to join the elite in the world when playing at the highest level. But the games against Russia are even moreso intense, WITH additional past history sprinkled in. So for me, that's an easy choice.

And I don't think you need to have been alive to respect the past history aspect. Everyone in Canada knows all about 1972 and what it meant, no matter when you were born. Did anyone else hear how they wheeled TV's in for the kids to watch Canada/Russia Game 8 in school? Oh that's right, ya you did, because everyone from that generation brings it up as soon as you start talking '72 with them. LOL

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