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03-28-2013, 04:47 PM
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Is Boston even rival of the Pens

I joined the site after all of the trades that went down to join in on the conversation. I was perusing the Bruins board and the general sentiment is how much they hate the Pens, even before the Iginla trade.

In my opinion the Bruins aren't even a big rival of the Pens. Is it just me or is it a one way street with the Bruin fans thinking there is a Pens rivalry when there really isn't one from a Pens fan standpoint.

When I think of "hated" teams the Bruins are pretty far down the list. I consider the Red Wings a bigger rival of the Pens than the Bruins.

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But seriously, Go back to the early 90's. there's a rivalry there. Just not as pronounced as others.

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Eh. I mean, they aren't Flyers level, but probably one tier below with the Rangers. Probably a little above the Devils. Red Wings are different. Sure, we're rivals, but we only see each other maybe 1-2 times a year or at the SCF. With the realignment, this will change, but kind of different right now.

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But seriously, Go back to the early 90's. there's a rivalry there. Just not as pronounced as others.
Yes, I'm new here but not to hockey. There was a Bruins/Pens thing in the 90's but that was long ago. At least for me it has pretty much died off. I guess maybe it is me.

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If I had to rank the Pens rivals currently
1) Flyers
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2) Rangers
3) Bruins

The Capitals used to be up there (remember how intense the 09 Eastern Semifinals were?) but I haven't sensed the hate recently.

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say these two words to a Bostonian and tell me they aren't a rival: Ulf, Cooke.

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There is no rivalry with the bruins right now.....if they meet in the playoffs I think one would bud.

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say these two words to a Bostonian and tell me they aren't a rival: Ulf, Cooke.
That's my point. It's more a rivalry for them than for us, at least IMO.

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Four words: Ulf Sammuelsson. Matt Cooke.

Also, we don't have rivals. We have enemies. Rivalry implies something friendly about it.

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Before yesterday I wouldn't have really considered it a 'rivalry.' Bruin's fans have always hated Cooke though.

But with everything that went down yesterday, I have a feeling we gained ourselves a new enemy.

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Eh... I'm not going to cite a 20 year old series and call it a rivalry. They're probably like 5+, if you even want to call that a rivalry.

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Tocchet and Neely hated each other too. And the years of Andy Moog chants in the Mellon....

No there's history there.

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Also, why on earth does it matter who our rivals are? Do you people actually root for other Eastern Conference teams?


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Boston isn't really much of a rival anymore. They hate us because of the Matt Cooke/Marc Savard incident, and they're just ******** we beat them twice during this winning streak, and now the Iginla thing just adds to it.

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Seems to be a one-way hate-fest, as opposed to a rivalry, mainly because of Ulfie and Cooke. I guess you could go way back and throw Mario's embarassment of Ray Bourque in 66's first game, as well as the play into his skates, but that is probably secondary. Was scanning the Bruins boards today. Didn't realize how much of a saint Bourque was there.

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Hard to develop a rivalry when you always beat them. They do hate us for Cooke and now Iggy lol

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Hard to develop a rivalry when you always beat them. They do hate us for Cooke and now Iggy lol
Not true. Case in point: The Washington Capitals.

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Not true. Case in point: The Washington Capitals.
Eh, I consider them a one way rivalry also, despite what the media tries to portray

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If I had to rank the Pens rivals currently
1) Flyers
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2) Rangers
3) Bruins

The Capitals used to be up there (remember how intense the 09 Eastern Semifinals were?) but I haven't sensed the hate recently.
There is a direct correlation between Ovechkin's performance and the steam behind that rivalry.

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There has been no recent "rivalry" per se but instead random events that generate a lot of hate. Matt Cooke on Savard was when they really started loathing us (can't really blame them there -- hardly matters to them that Cooke has cleaned up his act). The Iginla thing is basically gasoline on the fire.

We'll consider them "Philly East" at this point, although in my mind they're not even remotely as bad in terms of having guys on their team I can't respect. Philly outclasses them all in that dept. Actually have a decent amount of respect for Boston's players. Their fans are a little irrational / ape-**** but still not as delusional as Philly fans in their reasoning.

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Remember we also stole their colors! The Bruins appealed the league about but were told there was a Pittsburgh NHL team wearing black and gold before Boston did. Oh that devilish Bettman!

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I dunno, I grew up being a pens fan in the 90's and there certainly was a Washington rivalry at that time.

With me I probably dislike the caps more than the flyers. I find that a lot of the driving force between the Pitt/Philly rivalry is an instate thing that if you happen to live in PA you live it a lot more.

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There is a direct correlation between Ovechkin's performance and the steam behind that rivalry.
No doubt. Team and player success obviously plays a huge role in developing and maintaining rivalries.

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