BOSTON (CBS) – It’s hard to believe, but before the 2011 Stanley Cup finals there was no Bruins-Vancouver Canucks rivalry.
Before Alex Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron, before Aaron Rome clocked Nathan Horton, before Brad Marchand relentlessly jabbed Daniel Sedin, the Bruins and Canucks were just a couple teams playing in different conferences on opposite sides of North America that saw one another about twice a season.
The venom that built up in the series aided the Bruins’ championship-clinching victory and spilled over into the next season’s regular season rematch.
As non-divisional foes for more 40 years and non-conference foes for a little more than 30 years, the Bruins and Detroit Red Wings share a similar lack of familiarity heading into the upcoming first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series that the Bruins had with the 2011 Canucks. Boston and Detroit met four times this season (with the Red Wings winning three…
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