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Rivalries in the National Hockey League have occurred between many teams and cities. Rivalries have arisen for many different reasons, the primary ones including geographic proximity, familiarity with opponents, on-ice incidents, and cultural, linguistic, or national pride.
The importance of these various factors has varied widely throughout the history of the league.
During the earliest days of the NHL, the league was limited strictly to Central Canada, and all cities in the league were in close proximity, making for bitter rivalries all around. In addition, Montreal had two teams representing its English-French divide, as the "French" Canadiens battled the "English" Wanderers (and later the Maroons). Rivalries also existed with other leagues, such as the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. It was not until 1926 that the NHL took sole ownership of the Stanley Cup. By that time, the league began expanding into the United States, and new rivalries were created. Rapid expansion into the U.S. for a short time created a cross-town rivalry in New York City between the New York Rangers and New York Americans. The economic turmoil of the Great Depression and World War II, however, forced several teams to fold, with the result that by 1942 the NHL consisted of only 6 teams.
From 1942–1967, only 6 teams (the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs) played in the NHL. With so few opponents, teams played more frequently, and games were often underscored by personal rivalries between players. These personal and team rivalries lasted for many years, as the turnover rate on NHL rosters was very low. At one point or another, during this era, all the teams had animosity towards one another.
The rivalry between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers is quite intense in New Jersey itself, sometimes being referred to as the "Battle of the Jersey Turnpike." Devils supporters reside mostly in the northern part of the state, while the southern part is dominated by Flyers fans due to South Jersey's close proximity to Philadelphia. The Flyers practice in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, and since their Stanley Cup championships of 1974 and 1975, many members of those Cup-winning teams (as well as other Flyers alumni) have lived in South Jersey. Since the conferences were realigned and renamed prior to the 1993–94 season, the two teams have won the two highest numbers of division titles (the Devils 9, the Flyers 6). Together, the two teams' 15 division championships account for almost all of the 18 total Atlantic Division titles.
The Battle of Pennsylvania, which is the Philadelphia Flyers–Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry, began in 1967 when the teams were introduced into the NHL's "Next Six" expansion wave. The rivalry exists due to divisional alignment and geographic location, as both teams play in the state of Pennsylvania. The Flyers lead the series 138–87–30. However, the Penguins have eliminated the Flyers from the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, strengthening the rivalry. In their 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup, the rivalry strengthened with several on- and off-ice incidents, resulting in suspensions and fines. Philadelphia took a 3-0 series lead, but the heavily-favored Penguins won the next 2 games, only to lose the series to the Flyers in Game 6.
The Islanders-Rangers rivalry, also unofficially known as the "Battle of New York," is unique among New York City's major league sports, as the Rangers and Islanders are in the same conference and division, guaranteeing plenty of matchups as well as National Basketball Association's teams Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks . Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and New York Mets are in different leagues, as are the National Football League's New York Jets and New York Giants, so the only meeting opportunities are during intra-league or championship games.
The Flyers–Rangers rivalry is one of the most well-known. They have met 10 times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the Flyers winning 6 times, and have been division rivals since the 1974–75 season.
There is a long-standing bitter rivalry between the sports fans from New York City and Philadelphia, which are approximately two hours apart by car, also seen in the rivalries between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball and New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League. Games between the two teams at Madison Square Garden and Wells Fargo Center are often very intense, hard-hitting affairs, as each home crowd does its best to create an unfriendly, sometimes volatile atmosphere for any visiting-team fans.
The Devils–Rangers rivalry, exists between two teams in the New York metropolitan area. The two teams are called "cross-river rivals." This is because Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan, where the Rangers play, is less than ten miles and across the Hudson River from the Prudential Center in downtown Newark (and previously, the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford), the home arena of the Devils. Travel between both arenas is easily accomplished by both road (usually through the Lincoln Tunnel) and rail (along the Northeast Corridor). The teams have met 6 times in the playoffs; the Rangers won 4 times. The Devils and Rangers met again in the 2012 Conference Finals. The Devils won the series 4–2.
The Battle of Ontario is a rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, often described as one of the top NHL rivalries. The teams compete in the same division and meet frequently during regular season games and Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Battle of the QEW is a rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs. This is due to the close proximity of the two cites and their connection via the Queen Elizabeth Way. The distance from the south end, the First Niagara Center from downtown Buffalo, New York, and the north end, the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto are 89 miles (145 kilometers) from each other. Since the 1998–99 season, both teams have played in the Northeast Division.
The Bruins–Canadiens rivalry is considered "one of the greatest rivalries in Northern American sports," along with the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry and Bears–Packers rivalry. The two teams have played each other more times, in both regular season play and the playoffs, than any other two teams in NHL history.
As of the 2010–11 season, the Bruins have won 259 of these matches, scoring a total of 1,885 goals against the Canadiens, with the Canadiens winning 343 of them, scoring a total of 2,160 goals against the Bruins, with 103 other games between the two teams ending in ties, all before the 2004–05 NHL lockout's rule changes mandated the "shootout" format to break such tie games, going back all the way to the Bruins' first NHL season of 1924–25. In the playoffs, the two teams have met in 33 series for a total of 164 games, 10 series and some 47 more games than two other Original 6 teams, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. The two teams have faced each other 8 times in Game sevens, more times than any other opponents in NHL history.
The Sabres and Senators have had a strong rivalry since after the 2004–05 NHL lockout, when both teams were vying for the Northeast Division title. Ottawa generally had the upper hand on Buffalo during regular season games, but Buffalo usually beat them in the playoffs. The best-known game in this rivalry occurred on February 22, 2007, which included a large fight that included both goaltenders and verbal sparring between the two coaches (Buffalo won the game 6–5).
The Canadiens–Maple Leafs rivalry is the oldest in NHL history. From 1944–78, the two teams met each other in the playoffs 15 times, and faced off in five Stanley Cup Finals. While the on-ice competition is fierce, the Leafs-Habs rivalry is symbolic of the rivalry between Canada's two largest cities: Toronto and Montreal, and by extension its two major linguistic groups, anglophones and francophones.
The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning are both teams located within the state of Florida along Interstate 75, representing different geographical areas within the state. The two teams have played in the same division since 1993 (Atlantic Division from 1993–98 and Southeast Division since 1999). Despite the Lightning outperforming the Panthers in many ways, including winning the Stanley Cup, the Panthers hold a dominating series record of 55-28-10-7, the best record the Panthers have against any team in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins–Washington Capitals rivalry is an inter-division rivalry. In total, the two teams have met eight times in the playoffs. Despite trailing in 7 of the 8 series, Pittsburgh has won all but the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where they were heavily favored. The teams first met in the 1991 Patrick Division Finals, when the Penguins defeated the Capitals in 5 en route to capturing the Stanley Cup. The rivalry was intense during the early 2000s when the Penguins beat the Capitals in the first round in consecutive seasons (1999–00, 2000–01). More recently, with the drafting and emergence of Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin in Washington, and Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, the rivalry has heated up again, with controversial comments that Semin made about Crosby in the media and physical altercations taking place between Ovechkin and Malkin during games. One of the best series to date between the teams was the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals, in which the Capitals took a 2-0 series lead before letting it go once again to be downed in 7 games, ending with a 6-2 Game 7 loss at Verizon Center. The two teams faced off at the 2011 NHL Winter Classic hosted in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, with the Capitals emerging victorious 3-1.
The Devils–Hurricanes rivalry has mainly been sparked by the playoffs. The two teams met four times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in eight years. The first meeting, in the first round of the 2001 playoffs, featured a heavily favored Devils pitted against the 8th-seeded Hurricanes. While the Canes did give the Devils trouble, the Devils ended up advancing all the way the Finals in 2001. The first tensions of the rivalry were sparked after Devils captain Scott Stevens delivered huge hits to Hurricanes forwards Shane Willis and Ron Francis, which some thought to be dirty. As fate would have it, the two teams met again the first round the next season with the Hurricanes winning the series in 6. Like the Devils the year before, the Canes would go on all the way to the Finals, losing to the Red Wings. The teams would not meet again until the second round of the 2006 playoffs. One of the most famous games between these two teams occurred in Game 2 of the series, where the Devils led 2-1 with a minute left in the game until Eric Staal scored with three seconds left, sending the game to OT. Defenseman Niclas Wallin won the game in OT with a bizarre breakaway goal that had the puck go off his skate and in the goal. The Hurricanes won the series and went on to win the Stanley Cup. The teams met for the final time of the decade in 2009 where the rivalry heated up more. The series had 5 of the 7 games decided by 1 goal. One still debated is Game 4, where the Hurricanes scored with 0.2 seconds left in the game to break a 3-3 tie. Many debate whether the goalscorer, Jussi Jokinen, illegally interfered with Devils goalie Martin Brodeur to prevent him from making the save. In Game 7, many thought the Devils would win. However, the Hurricanes scored twice in the last 1:30 of the game to eliminate the stunned Devils.
The Bruins and Rangers are two Original Six teams. Like the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry, it is fueled by the intense rivalry between Boston and New York City. Through the 2012 playoffs, the Bruins lead 282–247–97.
There are significantly fewer major rivalries in the NHL's Western Conference, due to that conference being much younger (the conference as a whole was created in 1967, and only two of the conference's teams–Chicago and Detroit–predate the conference's creation) and its teams generally are, geographically speaking, spread much farther apart than those on the East Coast.
The Blackhawks–Red Wings rivalry is the most intense in the Central Division. It has existed since 1926–27 and continued from the Original Six days into the present. These two clubs have faced each other in more regular season games than any other two clubs in NHL history, except for the total number of regular season and playoff matches between the Bruins and Canadiens.
The Blues–Blackhawks rivalry features the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. Since 1970, the two teams have been in the same division together. It is the most intense rivalry in terms of penalty minutes and fighting. It is not uncommon to go to a Chicago vs. St. Louis game and see a brawl break out.
The Battle of Alberta is the bitter rivalry between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. The two teams are based in the cities of Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta and Calgary, the province's largest city. Most often it is used to describe sporting events between the two cities, although this is not exclusive as the rivalry predates organized sports in Alberta.
The rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames has its roots in the stark geographic, political, and economic differences between Vancouver and Calgary, the two largest cities in Western Canada. The two cities are separated by the barrier of the Rocky Mountains, with Vancouver surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the peaks of the Coast Mountains, and forests and Calgary sitting on an expanse of flat prairie. The Rockies serve as not only a geographical barrier but a political one as well: Vancouver is a haven for the political left in Canada, strongly supportive of both the Liberal and New Democratic political parties, while Calgary has been a bastion of right-wing politics since the province of Alberta's creation and is a stronghold for the Conservative Party.
Prior to the turn of the millennium, the Canucks and Flames faced each other during the first round of postseason play in 1982, which was the first playoff series victory by the Canucks, en route to the Finals, 1983, 1984, during the Flames championship season of 1989, and 1994, with Calgary holding a 3-2 margin. The latter two series were decided in 7 games by overtime goals (Joel Otto for Calgary and Pavel Bure for Vancouver) and coincidentally both managed to reach the Stanley Cup Finals during those seasons (with Calgary winning the cup in 1989).
In the early and mid-90s, the rivalry was considered among the most intense in the NHL, with the two teams often battling for top spot in the Smythe and later Pacific Division. However, it started to fade soon afterward as both teams started to sink in the standings in the late 1990s.
It was during the 2003–04 season when the rivalry re-ignited, with the Canucks and Flames constantly battling for the top spot in the Northwest Division along with the Colorado Avalanche. When Canucks captain Markus Naslund and Flames captain Jarome Iginla developed into two of that era's greatest players, the rivalry became one of which team had the better overall leader. Between the beginning of the century and Naslund's departure from the Canucks in 2008, the spotlight would often be featured on both he and Iginla whenever the teams matched up. During the 2001–02 season, the two found themselves competing for the Art Ross Trophy for the league's highest point scorer. The following year, both players were featured in a Nike commercial promoting the rivalry between them.
These two teams met again during the first round of the 2004 postseason, and, just like in 1989 and 1994, the series-winning goal was scored in overtime in game seven, this time by Calgary's Martin Gélinas (who incidentally was a member of the 1994 Canucks team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals). The Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, becoming the first Canadian team to reach that far since the 1994 Canucks. However, unlike 1989, they were defeated by the Lightning in 7 games.
The subsequent trade by Vancouver for netminder Roberto Luongo in June 2006 gave the Canucks a capable opponent to Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff, who has already established himself as one of the top goalies in the NHL. Players from both teams bring out their best when they play against each other, resulting in games of high entertainment value. In addition to the duel between Luongo and Kiprusoff, matchups between former Vancouver defenceman Willie Mitchell and Flames captain Jarome Iginla were also noteworthy.
|Year||Where they met in playoffs||Result of series||Result of playoffs|
|1982||Smythe Division Semifinals||Van 3, Cal 0||Vancouver swept by the Islanders in Cup Finals|
|1983||Smythe Division Semifinals||Cal 3, Van 1||Calgary beaten by the Oilers in the Smythe Final in 5 games.|
|1984||Smythe Division Semifinals||Cal 3, Van 1||Calgary beaten by the Oilers in the Smythe Final in 7 games.|
|1989||Smythe Division Semifinals||Cal 4, Van 3||Calgary wins Cup.|
|1994||Western Conference Quarterfinals||Van 4, Cal 3||Vancouver loses to the Rangers in Cup Finals, which like the series against Calgary, went 7 games.|
|2004||Western Conference Quarterfinals||Cal 4, Van 3||Calgary loses to Tampa Bay in Cup Finals, which like the series against Vancouver, went 7 games.|
The term Freeway Face-Off refers to a series of games played between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. The series takes its name from the massive freeway system in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the home of both teams; one could travel from one team's arena to the other simply by traveling along Interstate 5. The term is akin to the Freeway Series which refers to meetings between the Los Angeles area baseball teams.
The Kings–Sharks rivalry started in 1991, when the Sharks joined the NHL. This rivalry really kicked things off, with defeating the Wayne Gretzky era Los Angeles Kings 4-0 on April 28, 1995 destroyed any hope of a Kings' Campbell championship repeat. The Kings didn't get a definitive win over the Sharks until the 2002–03 season, when the Kings' victory on February 17, 2003 at the Staples Center ended the Sharks hope of making the playoffs.
The Sharks–Ducks rivalry has been going since 1993 when the Ducks came into existence. The rivalry got even more heated when the two faced each other in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Ducks won the series 4-2. In a 2012 Geico advertisement featuring NHL rivalries, a Sharks fan and his dog and a Ducks fan and her dog are shown.
The rivalry has become more heated in recent years, given three straight years of playoffs series between these teams. The first seeds of the rivalry began with the re-alignment of the NHL in 1974, placing both teams in the newly-formed Smythe Division. For two years, they battled each other for top spot and in 1977, they went down to the wire for the last playoff spot, which Chicago won on a tiebreaker by virtue of having more wins at season's end.
The two teams met in the playoffs for the first time in the 1982 Campbell Conference Final, which is best remembered for a mock surrender by then-Canucks coach Roger Neilson over what he deemed questionable officiating during game 2, which began the Towel Power tradition in Vancouver and elsewhere in the NHL. Vancouver prevailed in the series four games to one, but only to lose to the Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals 4–0.
Although the Blackhawks swept the Canucks in the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals, it was not until the 2008–09 season where the rivalry was once again renewed. This was highlighted by the Canucks' Ryan Kesler accusing then-Blackhawk winger Andrew Ladd of being a "coward" after an on-ice hit. With Chicago eliminating Vancouver in the second round of the playoffs in 2009 and 2010 (and won the Stanley Cup in the later season), the teams met for the third straight year in the first round of the 2011 playoffs where the Canucks finally defeated Chicago 4–3. In this series, the Canucks took a 3–0 series lead, but after a hit by Canucks forward Raffi Torres on Hawks defenceman Brent Seabrook in Game 3 (which brought Hawks captain Jonathan Toews to say, "It's just concrete evidence of how much we dislike that team, and it's added motivation to our situation"), only to lose the next 3 games. In Game 7, the Blackhawks tied it in the final minutes shorthanded, sending the game to overtime. In overtime, Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows intercepted a clearing attempt by Blackhawks defenceman Chris Campoli and scored on a slapshot to win the series for the Canucks, en route to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The rivalry took onto new heights before the 2011–12 NHL season began, with the Blackhawks' Dan Carcillo calling out the Canucks' Maxim Lapierre at a press conference upon his signing in Chicago. This would be followed by a comment by the Blackhawks' Dave Bolland on Chicago radio, referring to Daniel and Henrik Sedin as the Sedin "Sisters", which prompted Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault to fire back by suggesting that Bolland has an "IQ the size of bird seed and a face only a mother can love." Bolland later recanted his comments. The teams' mutual hatred took a wrong turn after Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith was suspended 5 games after elbowing Daniel Sedin in the head at the United Center in Chicago on March 21st, 2012.
The Battle of Quebec is the nickname for a former NHL rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques. The rivalry lasted from 1979–80–1994–95. The teams played against each other five times in the NHL playoffs, and the Canadiens won three of the series. One meeting, in 1984, resulted in the Good Friday Massacre, a game in which multiple brawls happened. The Battle of Quebec extended to politics, in which the Canadiens and Nordiques became symbols for rival parties, and beer distribution, as the teams were both owned by competing breweries.
While the Toronto-Montreal rivalry is one of the most famous in sport, the rivalry with the Red Wings was no less intense. This rivalry dates to the 1920s. As of 1997, they had had twenty-three playoff meetings, five in the finals. So fierce was the rivalry that when the Rangers reached the finals against Detroit in 1950, but could not play in their home rink, Madison Square Garden, because the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were in town, they arranged to play home games in Toronto, whose fans hated the Wings. The rivalry heightened to a fever pitch due to an incident in the 1950 playoffs when Detroit's young star, Gordie Howe, mistimed a check on Toronto's Ted Kennedy and fell head-first into the boards, suffering severe injuries and needed emergency surgery to save his life. While Kennedy was exonerated by the NHL, Detroit management and fans accused him of deliberately injuring Howe. The result was a violent playoff series and increased animosity between the teams. The teams' proximity to each other — Toronto and Detroit are approximately 380 kilometres (240 mi) apart — and a number of shared fans (particularly in markets such as Windsor, Ontario) added to the rivalry. After the Leafs moved to the Eastern Conference in 1998, they faced each other less often, and the rivalry was more often found in the stands than on the ice. The 2013 NHL Winter Classic will be played between the Red Wings and the Leafs at Michigan Stadium on January 1, 2013.
The Kings–Oilers rivalry began more or less the instant the Oilers began playing in the NHL in the 1979 season. Among the first year Oilers' players was a young Wayne Gretzky, who instantly challenged for the Art Ross Trophy against the Kings' Marcel Dionne. In the end, Gretzky and Dionne were tied with 137 points, but the award was given to Dionne, who had two more goals (53 vs. Gretzky's 51). It should be noted that Gretzky played 79 games to Dionne's 80. Gretzky remarked during a press conference at which the scoring title was awarded to Dionne that he had been taught "that an assist was good as a goal."
The two teams would not meet in the playoffs until the 1981–82 season. That season, Gretzky shattered the NHL record for points in a season with 212 (92 goals and 120 assists). The Oilers also jumped to the top of their division despite playing in their third NHL season and had the third best record in the league. The Kings, after a fairly impressive 1980–81 season, slumped to having the fifth worst record in the 21 team NHL. They only made the playoffs, being fourth in the same division as the Oilers, because the Colorado Rockies had an even worse record in their last season there. This set the stage for the top-seeded, heavily-favored Oilers to meet in the first round against the Kings. After a two-game split in Edmonton, Game 3 in Los Angeles began with a commanding Oilers 5–0 lead after two periods. But in a miraculous comeback, the Kings managed to tie it at 5 in the third period, scoring the tying goal with 5 seconds left on a two-man advantage. The Kings won 6–5 in overtime. This game is often referred to as the Miracle on Manchester. The Oilers struck back in Game 4 to send it back to Edmonton for Game 5. However, it was the Kings who upset the Oilers and advanced to the next round.
For the next two seasons, the Kings missed the playoffs, while the Oilers competed in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1983 and won their first Stanley Cup in 1984. Both finals were played against the Islanders. The teams finally met again in 1985, but this time the Oilers defeated the Kings 3–0. The Oilers would go on to win their second straight Stanley Cup. They met again in 1987 under a new best-of-7 playoff format for the first round, and again the Oilers would win, this time 4–1, and again the Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup. In 1988, the Kings were again blown out of the first round, but by the Calgary Flames, while Gretzky led the Oilers to another Stanley Cup.
The entire sports world was shocked on August 9, 1988 upon the announcement of the Oilers trading Gretzky along with Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley, to the Kings for two rising young players (Jimmy Carson and Martin Gélinas), three first-round draft picks, and $15 million.
Gretzky led the Kings in the 1988–89 season to vast improvements. For the first time, the Kings had a better season record than Edmonton, finishing second in the Smythe Division over the third place Oilers. This also led to another first round match up between them. This time, it was the Kings, with Gretzky, against the Oilers, and the Kings had home ice. The Oilers first took command of the series and jumped ahead 3–1. But Los Angeles answered back with 3 straight wins to win the series against Edmonton.
In the next three playoff meetings between the two teams, the Gretzky-led Kings were eliminated by his former teammates in four, six, and six games respectively. Edmonton also won another Stanley Cup in 1990 after sweeping the Kings in the second round.
After the 1990–91 season, the rivalry died down as players from the Oilers moved to other teams. Jari Kurri and Charlie Huddy rejoined Gretzky on the Kings and went on a run to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Canadiens 4–1. Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Adam Graves, Craig MacTavish, and others moved to the Rangers and go on a Stanley Cup winning run in 1994, which was the last hurrah for the great Edmonton team of the 1980s. In that series, Messier became the first to captain two teams to the Stanley Cup, something Gretzky couldn't do with the Kings the year before.
The rivalry was first started before the two teams ever met on the ice when the Bruins "blocked" the WHA merger in 1979 because "the Whalers were in their territory". They first played each other in the 1979-80 season with the Bruins flourishing against the season while the "expansion" Whalers were awful that year. They played the Bruins twice in the playoffs in 1990 and 1991, the Bruins won both times. The rivalry got to a heating point when Cam Neely and Ulf Samuelsson would fight on a regular occasion. It got to a point where Samuelsson hit Neely in the knees in the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but Samuelsson was traded to the Penguins earlier that season. At the Hartford Civic Center, usually when the Bruins won, the Whalers fans would fight Bruins fans on Ann St in Downtown Hartford. The rivalry ended in 1997 when the Whalers relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina.
The groundwork for the Avalanche–Red Wings rivalry was laid well before Denver even had an NHL franchise, during games between Detroit and Quebec. Once the Nordiques moved to Denver, the small rivalry still existed. Also, in a regular season game between Detroit and Montreal, the Wings scored on Patrick Roy 9 times, leading to Roy demanding a trade. Roy was eventually traded to Colorado and became a huge factor in the rivalry.
The rivalry was largely predicated on the competitiveness of both teams in the late '90s and early 2000s. From 1996–2002, the teams met in five playoff series, three times in the Western Conference Finals. Out of those seven seasons, the teams combined to win five Stanley Cups and four Presidents' Trophies. From 1995–2003, both teams, along with the Devils, reigned exclusively as Stanley Cup champions, except in 1999, which was won by the Dallas Stars (the Devils beat the Red Wings in 1995, the Avalanche beat the Devils in 2001).