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Rival territory: Second City Hockey
I still remember that night where this war began. As a matter of fact, I joined and left my first comments on this blog merely 2 hours before the brawl. After that night in March 2009, and with the playoff series that shortly followed it, the Canucks and Blackhawks have formed one of the best NHL rivalries of this new time. Although most of the hatred was fought out in 2009 and 2010, much of it still carried over into 2011 and 2012. Although the Chicago team lost many of their depth Cup-winners shortly after their championship, we still circled our calendars every time we were set to meet them. Even into 2012, there was still an expectancy of these games.
Now we come to 2013, and the lockout has made it so that we now haven't seen this rival in almost a year. Back at the end of March in 2012, as many of my fellow writers commented on earlier, Duncan Keith laid a big hit on Daniel Sedin that acted as the shock that would lead to our playoff elimination. While the Canucks struggled out of the gate for this shortened season, the Blackhawks started off with a 6-game winning streak, halted by an overtime loss earlier this week. Now that the Canucks are beginning to find a small groove, it is time to test it against a real threat.
We expect great things. Coconuts go!