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