Originally written on PensInitiative  |  Last updated 10/22/14
What makes a true hockey rivalry (not one manufactured for TV)? The more bitter the hockey rivalry, the better. There has to be bad blood; the kind that comes from blood spilled and championships lost. There has to be a deep-seated hate that makes losing hurt the most. The Pens and Isles have such a history. I went back as far as 1975 to look at this rivalry. The two teams faced each other in the Quarter Finals that year. The Pens took the first three games and it seemed as though they would sweep the series. The Islanders rallied and took the next three to send it to a nail biting Game 7. Ed Westfall scored the only goal of the game in the 3rd period. The Isles became the first team since the 1942 Maple Leafs to erase a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-7 series. Flash ahead to the 1982 Patrick Division Semi-Finals when the Pens and Isles contested. The Islanders were heavy favorites as they were riding a 15 game winning streak into the match-up. They trampled the Penguins 8-1 and 7-2 i...
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