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Encyclopedia > Atlantic Division Rivalries

The Atlantic Division Rivalries are a collection of rivalries between the various teams that play in the NHL's Atlantic Division. The New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers have been grouped together since being part of the Patrick Division in 1982, developing strong rivalries with one another. With the renaming of the Patrick Division to the Atlantic Division in 1994, minus the Penguins (they were moved to the Northeast Division until 1998), that their rivalries had become established and historic in its own way starting with the Rangers/Devils Game 7 match in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the realignment in 1998 the Devils, Flyers, Islanders, and Rangers remained together in the Atlantic Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins returning to the group. In the post-lockout NHL, the Atlantic Division rivalries have become more intense with season-ending comebacks, shrewd trades, and more games played against each other during the regular season. This is the only division in the NHL where all its members have won the Stanley Cup at least twice in their franchise history. NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The NHLs Atlantic Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The NHLs Patrick Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. ... The NHLs Northeast Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Adams Division. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The strongest rivalries are:

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The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

Hudson River Rivalry

The Devils-Rangers Rivalry is known as the Hudson River Rivalry. 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 Continental Airlines Arena at the Meadowlands where the Devils had played. Both arenas are accessible via the Lincoln Tunnel and New Jersey Route 3. The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami, Muhheakantuck, is a river that runs through the eastern portion of New York State and, along its southern terminus, demarcates the border between the states of New York and... The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami, Muhheakantuck, is a river that runs through the eastern portion of New York State and, along its southern terminus, demarcates the border between the states of New York and... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... Midtown Manhattan viewed from the World Trade Center. ... Continental Airlines Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Meadowlands Sports Complex is a sports and entertainment facility located in East Rutherford, New Jersey owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA). ... The Lincoln Tunnel is a 1. ... Route 3 is a state highway in northern New Jersey, extening 10. ...


For over 25 years, fans have seen the best out of both their clubs, whenever these two teams exchange blows. Despite the Devils' overall playoff superiority since 1990, the first three playoff series between these teams were all Rangers victories. The first series occurred in the spring of 1992, when the Presidents' Trophy champion Rangers survived a seven-game series to beat the Devils and move on in the playoffs (where the Pens, Stanley Cup champions the previous year, beat them in six and defended their title). Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team which finishes with the best record in the league during the regular season. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


The rivalry's most famous moments are centered around the Devils-Rangers' 2nd encounter, the 1994 conference finals. Although both teams were the top point-getters in 1994 (Rangers 112, Devils 106), the story entering the series was the Rangers' 6-0 record against New Jersey that regular season. However, all ideas of a quick New York series were soon ended after Game 1, a 4-3 double overtime victory that was sealed by Devs' sniper Stephane Richer. The Rangers routed the Devils 4-0 in Game 2, and used a double overtime goal by Stephane Matteau to take a 2-1 lead after Game 3. After dropping Games 4 and 5, the Rangers faced elimination going to New Jersey for Game 6. Prior to the game, Blueshirts captain Mark Messier guaranteed a victory in Game 6 at the Meadowlands; with the Rangers down 2-0 to the Devils, Messier scored a hat trick to tie the series at 3-3 and send it back to New York for Game 7. In Game 7, thanks to another Matteau goal in double overtime the Rangers won the series and later the Stanley Cup. Interestingly, the first six games were won by the team that lost that respective game in 1992. That trend was reversed when the Rangers won Game 7 in '94. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... For the NHL hockey defenceman named Stephane Richer, see Stephane Richer (ice hockey defenceman) Stéphane Richer (born 7 June 1966 in Buckingham, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey left winger. ... Stephane Matteau (b. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... Stephane Matteau (b. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


The 3rd Devils-Rangers playoff series happened only 3 years later. The Rangers, led by Messier, eliminated the Devils in the 1997 playoffs before losing to the Flyers in the conference finals. New Jersey was limited to five goals in the five-game series, including two shutout losses. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


From the start of 1998, however, the pendulum began to swing the other way. New Jersey dominated New York during the regular season in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At one point, the Devils had an unbeaten streak against the Blueshirts, going 15-0-8 starting February 17, 1997 and ending March 31, 2001 — a streak spanning four years. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Pendulum (disambiguation). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article is about the first decade of the 21st century. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


At the end of the 2005-06 season, the Devils had won 11 straight games — the second such streak of the season — and capped off the run by winning the Atlantic Division in comeback fashion against the Montreal Canadiens, a division win made all the more exciting by the fact that the Devils had been 19 points out of the lead just months prior, and many thought the team wouldn't make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Rangers had the division lead for most of the latter part of the season, but fell victim to a losing skid as the season came to a close. The Devils took the Division Title away from the Rangers by ending the season with 1 more point than New York. As fate would have it, the red-hot Devils met the Blueshirts in their 4th playoff meeting. The result was a four-game sweep by New Jersey over their cross-river rivals for the first time ever in Devils history. The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... The NHLs Atlantic Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


Fans on both sides have agreed the rivalry has become even stronger as of late, due in large part to the fact that both teams have shown much more parity towards each other. Since the NHL Lockout, the two teams have met a total of 16 times in the regular season. The Devils won 9, the Rangers taking 7.


Many Rangers fans have been seen burning Devils memorabilia after Ranger victories over the Devils, and lighting their cigarettes with it, while exiting Madison Square Garden. Devils fans, meanwhile, enjoy making confetti which reads "Rangers Suck" and handing them out during games at Continental Airlines Arena. The Jersey fans also have a cheer that is yelled and whistled at every game. In response to the "Let's Go Band"/"Potvin Sucks" chant of Rangers fans against the Islanders, the Devils fans at the Continental Airlines Arena cheer "Rangers Suck." This chant, just like the Potvin chant being heard whether the Rangers are playing the Islanders or not, is heard at every Devils home game.[citation needed] The Rangers and Devils rivalry is popular among fans, due to the geographic proximity, which is seen as a battle between the neighboring states of New York and New Jersey. Unlit filtered cigarettes. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... For other uses, see Confetti (disambiguation). ... Denis Charles Potvin (born Ottawa, Ontario, October 29, 1953) is a former defenseman and team captain for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League and cornerstone for the Islanders four Stanley Cup championship teams in the early 1980s. ... Continental Airlines Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


This rivalry was satirized in the Seinfeld episode The Face Painter in which David Puddy, a hard-core Devils fan, paints his face red at a game against the Rangers in the Garden, to the embarrassment of Jerry, Kramer, and Elaine. Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... The Face Painter is the 109th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... David Puddy, usually just called Puddy, is a fictional character played by Patrick Warburton in the situation comedy Seinfeld. ... For the actor, see Jerry Seinfeld. ... Cosmo Kramer is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Michael Richards. ... Elaine Marie Benes is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. ...


The rivalry between the teams is so intense that the Rangers are the only NHL team with which the Devils have never made a trade.[1]


Flyers-Rangers Rivalry

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers have met ten times in Stanley Cup playoff contention, with the Flyers winning six of the series'. The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


On their way to a Stanley Cup title in 1973-74, the Flyers eliminated the Rangers in the semifinals. The series went seven games, with the Rangers sealing their own fate, taking a too-many-men penalty in the waning moments of the game while trying to replace the goaltender with an extra attacker. The Rangers would defeat the Flyers in five games in the 1978-79 quarterfinals on their way to a Stanley Cup Finals berth; the Flyers did the same to New York the subsequent year. The 1973-74 NHL season was the 57th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1978-79 NHL season was the 62nd season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1979-80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. ...


During the 1980s, the two teams met in the first round of the playoffs 5 out of 6 seasons. Beginning in 1981-82, the Rangers defeated the Flyers in four games, then swept them in three straight in 1982-83. In 1984-85, the Flyers returned the favor by sweeping the Rangers, but in 1985-86, a "Cinderella" Rangers team got revenge, eliminating the Flyers in five. In 1986-87 the first round format was expanded to best-of-seven, and the Flyers eliminated the Rangers in six. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ...


The Flyers and Rangers renewed their playoff rivalry once more when the two teams met in the playoffs in 1994-95 and 1996-97, both series won by the Flyers. The first series was bitter for the Rangers — the Flyers' four-game outbroom eliminated the defending Cup champions in the second round. Many Flyers fans remember this for the second game the Flyers won in overtime. Kevin Haller scored, sending normally laid-back Flyers color analyst Gary Dornhoefer into a frenzy. The latter series was the Eastern Conference Finals that sent the Flyers to the 1996-97 Stanley Cup Finals. With a 4-1 series win, it marked the last time the Rangers have made the playoffs until the 2005-06 season and it later turned out to be both Wayne Gretzky's and Mark Messier's last playoff game. Also adding to this rivalry was the original conflict between the teams in 1992 over the rights to Eric Lindros, Philadelphia winning, and then the Flyers trading Lindros to the Rangers in 2001. The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Kevin Haller (born December 5, 1970 in Trochu, Alberta) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 642 career games in the National Hockey League. ... Fans of old-fashioned, gritty, hard-working hockey players loved the style of Gary Dornhoefer, who will be forever remembered as one of the key figures on the famed Broad Street Bullies with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Image:Stanleycuptrophy. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


There is a mutual hatred between the sports fans from both New York City and Philly (for example, the heated rivalry between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball and the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League). Any time the two sets of fans get together for a hockey game, there are always nasty words exchanged, beers thrown at each other, and numerous fights in the stands. Flyers fans take great pride in their ability to buy large quantities of seats for Flyers games at Madison Square Garden, and starting fights with the home Rangers fans. Conversely, Ranger fans take great pride in their ability to buy large quantities of seats for Ranger games at the Flyers' Wachovia Center. In recent years, there have not been as many fan incidents between the two teams although Rangers fans have started attending games in Philadelphia in larger numbers because Philadelphia is only about 100 miles south of New York City and easily accessible on the train (Amtrak) and because the Flyers have struggled more recently. In January of 2007, "Potvin Sucks" chants were heard often throughout the game at the Wachovia Center by Rangers fans. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... Major Leagues redirects here. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... NFL redirects here. ... This article is about the drink; for the village in Devon England, see Beer, Devon. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ...


Devils-Flyers Rivalry

The Flyers-Devils rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils took off with their first playoff meeting in lockout-shortened 1995 season when the Devils eliminated the Flyers 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals, en route to winning the Stanley Cup. The turning point of the series came in Game 5, when Claude Lemieux scored from 65 feet out, sending a wobbly puck past Flyer goalie Ron Hextall, with 44 seconds left in regulation of a tie game. The series was considered an upset, as the Devils were barely able to qualify for the playoffs, while the Flyers had made a dramatic improvement to end their five-year playoff drought and were led by eventual Hart Memorial Trophy winner, captain Eric Lindros. Lindros and Devils captain Scott Stevens were afterwards known for their on-ice feuds. The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Claude Lemieux (born July 16, 1965 in Buckingham, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player active in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 2003. ... Ron niggerdick Hextall (born May 3, 1964 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender most often associated with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. ... Hart Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the ice hockey player who is most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... For other persons named Scott Stevens, see Scott Stevens (disambiguation). ...


During the 1999-2000 regular season, the Devils were leading in both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division, but their 10-game slump near the end of the season resulted the Flyers overtaking them for both the division title and the No.1 seed in the East. They would meet once again in the Eastern Conference Finals; this time, the Flyers blew a 3-1 series lead over the Devils, including losing 2 games in Philadelphia. Game 7 of this series would also be the final game for Eric Lindros as a Flyer, suffering a concussion at the hands of Stevens, whose hit was viewed by some as the key moment of the Devs' playoff. The loss in 2000 has been attributed by some Flyers fans to The Curse of Billy Penn, as the Devils would go on to win the Cup by beating the defending champion Dallas Stars in 6 games. The 1999-2000 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... “Cerebral Concussion” redirects here. ... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion, or a similar accolade. ... The 1999-2000 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Curse of William Penn is an alleged curse, sometimes used to explain the failure of professional sports teams based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to win championships since the March 1987 addition of the One Liberty Place skyscraper, which exceeded the height of William Penns statue atop Philadelphia City Hall. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


The Flyers would finally defeat the Devils in the playoffs in 2003-04, when they eliminated the defending Cup champs 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs. The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


This rivalry has become quite intense in New Jersey itself, with the northern part of the state being the Devils fanbase, while the southern part of the state is overwhelmingly Flyers fans.[verification needed] The Flyers practice in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, and since their Stanley Cup days of 1974 and 1975, many members of the team have lived in South Jersey. A painful reminder of this fact, for Flyer fans, was the death of Flyer star goalie Pelle Lindbergh in the aftermath of a drunk-driving auto crash in Voorhees early in the 1985-86 season. This article is about the U.S. state. ... Voorhees highlighted in Camden County Voorhees Township is a township located in Camden County, New Jersey. ... Per-Eric Pelle Lindbergh (May 24, 1959 – November 10, 1985) was a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Philadelphia Flyers. ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


In the 2006-07 NHL season, Martin Brodeur of Jersey broke Philadelphia legend Bernie Parent's single season wins record of 47 by earning his 48th win against the Flyers. Flyers fans booed Brodeur, but Parent offered his praise.[1] The 2006-07 NHL season was the 89th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Martin Pierre Brodeur (IPA: ) (born May 6, 1972, in Montreal, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey goaltender who has played his entire National Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Bernard Marcel Parent (born April 3, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. ...


The first meeting between the two franchises was in the 1977-78 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and had no geographic significance. The Devs were then known as the Colorado Rockies. The Flyers took the best-of-three Preliminary Round series 2-0. It was the only Playoff series the team would play in during their six seasons in Denver, and the only one they would play in during their first 13 seasons of play, until the 1987-88 season. The classic NHL shield logo The 1977-78 NHL season was the 61st season of the National Hockey League. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Colorado Rockies was a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) that played in Denver, Colorado from 1976 to 1982. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country State Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... The 1987-88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. ...


The rivalry has taken on an even further taunting in 2007-08; the Flyers had an ECHL affiliate in Trenton, New Jersey, the Trenton Titans, from 1999, including the 2005 Kelly Cup Championship; in 2006, the team was sold to the New Jersey Devils, which flipped the team's affiliation after the 2006-07 ECHL season and nickname to reflect its new ownership and identity, now known as the Trenton Devils. The Flyers do not have a full-time ECHL affiliate for the 2007-08 ECHL season, sharing an affilitation with cross-state rival Pittsburgh at Wheeling, WV. The 2006-07 ECHL Season will be the 19th season of the ECHL. Two teams will return to the ECHL after suspensions; the Texas Wildcatters had to suspend operations for the 2005-06 season as a byproduct of damage to their home arena caused by Hurricane Rita, and the Cincinnati... The Trenton Devils are an ECHL team in Trenton, New Jersey. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Wheeling Nailers are an ECHL ice hockey team based in Wheeling, West Virginia. ...


Islanders-Rangers Rivalry: Battle of New York

The Islanders-Rangers Rivalry was established when the NHL awarded a second franchise in the New York metropolitan area. With the impending start of the World Hockey Association in the fall of 1972, the upstart league had plans to place a team in the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Nassau County. The National Hockey League did not want the competition in the nation's largest metro area,[verification needed] so despite having expanded two years before, the NHL awarded franchises to Atlanta and Long Island. The fledgling New York Islanders had an extra burden to pay in the form of a $4 million territorial fee to the nearby New York Rangers. NHL redirects here. ... New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island is the most populous metropolitan area in the United States and is also one of the most populous in the world . ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, commonly known as Nassau Coliseum (or simply The Coliseum), is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, on Long Island. ... Nassau County is a suburban city county in the New York Metropolitan Area east of New York City in the U.S. state of New York. ... NHL redirects here. ... The Atlanta Flames were a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1972 to 1980. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


In 1975, the Islanders made their first trip to the NHL playoffs, facing the heavily favored Rangers in a best-of-three first-round series. After splitting the first two games, the Islanders won Game 3, and the series, when J.P. Parise scored 11 seconds into overtime. The teams met again in the 1979 playoffs; this time the underdog Rangers were victorious, eliminating the heavily favoured Islanders in 6 games and earning a spot in the Stanley Cup finals. This was particularly memorable as it continued the Isles' reputation for playoff "chokes" despite finishing first in the league during the regular season. Jean-Paul Parise(born 11 December 1941 in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey left winger who played in the NHL. He is the father of current New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team which finishes with the best record in the league during the regular season. ...


The teams also met in the playoffs every year from 1981-84; the Islanders won each series by margins of 4-0, 4-2, 4-2 and 3-2 enroute to 4 finals and three Stanley Cups (in addition to their 1980 win to make it four championships and 5 finals in a row). The closeness of the 1984 series led it to be nicknamed the "Battle of New York".[citation needed] In the 1990s, the teams met twice, with the Rangers winning 4-1 in 1990, and sweeping the Islanders 4-0 in 1994, en route to winning their first Stanley Cup since 1940. For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


The rivalry heated up in the regular season. Before the 1995-96 season the Isles attempt to updating their look resulted in the unveiling of the fisherman logo, it proved to be such a disaster as Rangers fans mock the Isles with chants of "we want fishsticks" a reference to the way the logo resembled the Gorton's fisherman. The Isles reverted back to their original logo with an updated version. Fishsticks or fish fingers are a processed food usually made using white fish such as cod (although with cod quotas, alternatives are now popular). ... Gortons of Gloucester is a subsidiary of the Japanese seafood conglomerate Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. ...


With both teams' fans visiting "enemy territory" for games, organized shouting matches and fights break out in the stands. Ranger fans often refer to the Nassau Coliseum as "Garden East", as Ranger fans sometimes make up as much as one third of the crowd when as the visitor on Long Island. The Rangers' fanbase generally comes from the city's five boroughs and Westchester County, while the Islanders tend to draw fans from Nassau and Suffolk counties, and parts of eastern Queens. Fans will direct derisive chants at their rivals regardless of whether the teams are actually playing. At each home game, Ranger fans engage in perhaps their most popular chant: humming the song "Let's Go Band" and punctuating it with "Potvin sucks", referring to retired Islander Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin. Rangers fans also occasionally bring out the chant "Beat your wife, Potvin, beat your wife", a reference to unconfirmed allegations that Potvin has committed domestic abuse. Nassau Coliseum, officially known as Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (though colloquially referred to simply as The Coliseum), is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, half an hour from New York City. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... // Nassau may mean the following: Place names: Nassau, Germany: a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, after which all the following are named: Nassau, Bahamas: the capital of the Bahamas Burg Nassau: Nassau Castle, ancestral seat of the House of Nassau Nassau (duchy): an extinct German duchy Hesse-Nassau: the Prussian province... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... For other uses, see Queens (disambiguation) and Queen. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ... Denis Charles Potvin (born Ottawa, Ontario, October 29, 1953) is a former defenseman and team captain for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League and cornerstone for the Islanders four Stanley Cup championship teams in the early 1980s. ...


Islander fans taunted Rangers fans for many years with the chant "Nineteen Forty", referring to the Rangers having the all-time longest drought without winning the Stanley Cup, until the Blueshirts finally won in 1994. For a period in the late '90s and early 2000s, Islanders fans would punctuate the "Chicken Dance" with chants of "the Rangers suck", but in recent years the song has not been played. Rangers winger Theoren Fleury used the chant as an excuse for flapping his arms to taunt Islanders enforcer Eric Cairns. In addition a popular chant was "Crackhead Theo!" referring to Fleury's erratic behavior and history of substance abuse at the time. Islanders fans also sing a song to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It", replacing the standard lyrics with "If you know the Rangers suck, clap your hands." The Curse of 1940 is a superstitious explanation for why the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League didnt win the leagues championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, from 1940 to 1994. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Chicken Dance is an oom-pah song composed by a Swiss accordion (Handharmonika) player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland in the 1950s and the corresponding fad dance. ... Theoren Wallace Fleury (born June 29, 1968 in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada, raised in Russell, Manitoba, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Enforcer is an unofficial role in ice hockey. ... Eric Cairns (born on June 27, 1974 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada) is a defenseman currently (2006) with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. Drafted by the New York Rangers in 1992, Cairns has also played for the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers. ...


One well-known incident at an Islanders/Philadelphia Flyers game in 2003 turned an innocent holiday promotion at Nassau Coliseum into a contained on-ice brawl between Rangers and Islanders fans in Santa suits. The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


As of 2007, the Rangers lead the all-time series with 97 wins, 95 losses (including overtime and shootout losses), and 19 ties. In the playoffs, however, the Islanders hold the lead with a 20-19 record, and have won five of the eight playoff series' between the two teams. As of November 19th, 2007, the Islanders are 9-1-2 in their last 12 matchups against the Rangers.


Since 2001, the Pat LaFontaine Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Rangers-Islanders regular season series. The winning team receives a trophy to parade around for their fans and bragging rights for another year, while the losing team must make a $50,000 contribution to the charity of Pat LaFontaine's choice. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Battle of Pennsylvania: Flyers-Penguins Rivalry

The rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins was born in 1967, when the teams were introduced into the NHL's "Next Six" expansion wave. The rivalry exists due to divisional alignment, and geographic locations, as both teams play in the state of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


The rivalry was not as strong in earlier years, as the Penguins struggled in the first few years surrounding their expansion into the league. The Flyers would dominate the rivalry for the next few years, as the Flyers were noted to be one of the strongest, and most intimidating teams back in the days of the infamous "Broad Street Bullies". The Philadelphia Flyers are a National Hockey League team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


The Flyers went on to win two Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and 1975, respectively. An advantage was gained in Pittsburgh, as Mario Lemieux was drafted, and signed some years later in the 1980's. The 1990's proved negatively for the Flyers, as they struggled to make the playoffs until 1995. The Penguins would also win two Stanley Cups in 1992, and 1993. The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ...


The rivalry hit an all-time high in 2000, when the Flyers and Penguins met in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The two teams fought a grueling six-game series, with one game setting a record as the second-longest game in NHL history, with Keith Primeau scoring the game winner in a 2-1 Flyers overtime win. The Flyers went on to win the series in six games, only to lose to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference final. Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. ... Keith Primeau (born November 24, 1971, in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ...


Both teams achieve great popularity amongst their fans. The rivalry is quite intense among fans of both teams.Philadelphia fans often disregard Pittsburgh as part of the state, due to Pittsburgh's distance from Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh's proximity to the Midwest. There tends to be great differences between the two cities off the ice also, as Pittsburgh is often known as a hard-working steel town, and Philadelphia is seen as a more liberal, professional town. Games between the two teams are intense, and often very physical. Penguins fans often arrive at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center in large numbers, but it is vice-versa for Flyer fans, as they show up at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena in large numbers as well. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... The Mellon Arena (known as Pittsburgh Civic Arena from 1961–1999[1] and informally known as The Igloo) is an indoor arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


 
 

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