WILMINGTON – It’s been almost three years since the Bruins and Canucks met in the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, but there doesn’t seem to be any weakening of the rivalry, which has spilled over in the two regular season games since.
That is expected to continue when Vancouver comes to Boston tomorrow for the first time since January 7, 2012.
“I think there’s definitely hatred for that team,” Brad Marchand said.
Marchand, you might recall, did his best to agitate the Canucks in the teams’ most recent matchup, a 6-2 win for Vancouver in December. But he wasn’t the only one who still felt the heat between the two teams.
Asked if there was an expiration date for the rivalry, Vancouver native Milan Lucic said, “We’ll see, right? It seems to still be there. We’ll see once the puck drops, if it’s still there and if it’s still going to be there.”
He added, “It’s there just because of the bad blood and all the emotion that was in that Final. There’s still guys that were big parts of that Final that are still on the same team. I think that’s what makes this rivalry continue, but we don’t want to make too, too much of it like we did going into the Montreal game and then play the way we did, so I think we’re just focusing more on our game and how we need to play more so than on the rivalry.”
Puck drops for Bruins-Canucks at 7 p.m. tomorrow.