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Video: New NBCSN ‘NHL Rivals’ episode — Caps-Rangers

Oct 15, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

On Tuesday, NBC Sports Network will continue its look into the NHL’s fiercest feuds.

“NHL Rivals” — a program delving into the storied history between many of NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups — will go to air again on Tuesday night at 11 p.m. ET with a look at the Washington Capitals-New York Rangers rivalry:

The show will dovetail into tomorrow night’s Caps-Rangers game, renewing a healthy dislike between the two squads. Wednesday will mark the first meeting between the two since they squared off in the opening round of last year’s playoffs.

The home team won the first six games of the series, before Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers shut out the Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 to advance.

Wednesday night’s matchup marks the first of four meetings between the Metropolitan Division foes.

Some excerpts from the Rivals program:

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan on recent playoff battles against Capitals: “When you play a team that many times in the playoffs, the animosity builds up.”

Former Capitals forward Matt Hendricks on 5-0 loss to Rangers in Game 7 of playoff series last year: “It was really tough. It’s just tough to look at the New York Rangers and know they beat us when I felt we had the upper hand.”

Hendricks on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in 2013 Caps-Rangers playoff series: “Lundqvist stood on his head. He was the difference-maker, and he won that series for them.”

“NHL Rivals” will air each Tuesday with a subsequent showing the following Wednesday.

Future rivalries to be examined in the series include Chicago-Detroit, Boston-Montreal and Philadelphia-Pittsburgh.

  1. nj666 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Really the caps are the rangers “rival”?

    • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      they’ve seen each other in the playoffs a lot lately.

      I’ve found that most of the Caps “rivals” had bigger rivalries than the Caps when they were in a diff division (Pens, Flyers, NYR). the Caps/Bolts games never really got people on the edge of their seat. I think Caps/NYR can be a legit rivalry now in the Metro.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        as a pens fan i never considered the caps a “rival”. that title was reserved for the flyers, and these days even the islanders more so than the caps in my opinion. the caps never really had a rival in the SE so they’ve gotta create one for themselves in the metro now…especially since everybody who had been in the atlantic already has established rivalries. nyr makes sense given their recent history but i think the hurricanes are a better rivalry for them, there’s history there and some players would appreciate it (semin vs ovechkin), plus they both need a rival.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        I agree (since I just said most of that lol). But Caps/Canes didn’t play out in the SE, why would it in the Metro? There’s def room for teams to have more than one big rivalry though. Look at Flyers vs. Pens and Devs. obviously, one is more extreme… but two nonetheless. I think Rangers and Caps are extra-spirited when they play each other. I like watching that rivalry.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    The Pens vs Caps rivalry grew during the 90s mostly because of all the meetings that happened in the playoffs.

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