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01-30-2004, 11:03 PM
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The best commentary I've seen on the rivalry was in Larry Robinson's book. His point was that they respected the Bruins because the two teams fought for every advantage and that you couldn't be a great team without a great opponent. For him the Nordique rivalry wasn't the same because it was influenced from the outside, the Flyers of that era while a fine team, played a style that he felt denigrated the game [his book Flyer fans, not mine]. The Bruins were The rivalry. He cited players like O'Reilly who would take a bullet to make a play.

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