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Parise: It won’t be hard to hate the Kings, and vice-versa

May 30, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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Around this time last year, the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks were preparing to meet in the Stanley Cup finals.

The two sides weren’t all that familiar with each other, having played only once during the regular season in a forgettable contest that included just five minor penalties.

Boston and Vancouver had never met in the postseason either, so there was no historic rivalry.

And after 20 minutes, Alex Burrows had bitten Patrice Bergeron and one of the nastiest Cup finals in recent memory was off and running.

Today, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are in a similar position. The clubs played twice in October, neither meeting contentious, and they’ve never faced each other in the playoffs.

But according to Devils captain Zach Parise, there’s already hate.

“I don’t know if there is much of a feeling-out period as there would be during the regular season,” Parise said today. “I think you have to hate your opponent right away and I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for either side.”

Granted, the Devils and Kings don’t feature as many divisive players as the Canucks and Bruins did – Dustin Brown is the most notable one – so asking for this series to be as nasty as last year’s might be asking too much.

But you never know – one bite and we could be off and running again.

  1. barroomhero80 - May 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    parise is going to get smashed… GKG!!

    • getadealdonealready - May 30, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      If by smashed you me drunk while drinking from the cup, then you are correct!

      • oside760 - May 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        no we mean smashed. as in getting smashed in the board with a possible concussion

    • blomfeld - May 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      that’s correct “getadealdonealready” … as these men have stated, your team will be engaged and then destroyed in “detail” …

  2. oside760 - May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    once brown gets into the heads of the devils players (like he’s done with every other team they’ve faced) they’ll start getting frustrated and getting dumb penalties. Kings win this easily in 4 or 5

  3. socalphilip - May 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Relentless waves of fore-checking and crisp passing w/speed skating by the Kings will make the Devils want to go back to hell. Instead, you’ll have to fly to L.A (the city of Angles) to absorb more of the same….1hr b4 gm time

    • blomfeld - May 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Yes friend … our Kings from the City of Angels will indeed crush these Devils from Jersey ! … God willing …

  4. devilscup950003 - May 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    crazy talk!!!!!you kings fans must live in a bubble or something!!!devs have purposely avoided all the after whistle crap all playoffs long.It’s been hard play whistle to whistle.we didn’t fall into that crap all along.Good luck kings your going to need it!!LET’S GO DEVILS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - May 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      You Lucifers will be “dealt” with … of that there can be no mistake …

  5. biffnasty - May 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Has Parise come out of the closet yet?

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