Rangers – Bruins, Flashback To The Seventies

The names then were Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, Brad Park, Eddie Giacomin, Gerry Cheevers, Johnny Bucyk and Ken Hodge.

next question sports t shirts

It was 1973, forty years ago when the Rangers and Bruins last met in the playoffs. They were two of the original six NHL teams, and their contempt for each other was called a “blood rivalry”.

None of the current Rangers or Bruins players were alive when the Rangers last knocked out Boston in the first round in 1973. Now they meet again.

Boston and New York have had great rivalries between the Yankees and Red Sox, Giants (and Jets) and Patriots and Knicks and Celtics, but Rangers and Bruins? It’s been a while…

It was a rivalry, and a bitter one in the 70’s. A book was written about it, where it chronicles in detail all the crazy-ness that went on. You can click on the preview and see all the old photos. Pretty cool to see all the players without helmets, legends really.

Here’s a sampling of what it was like…

And now? Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after Monday night’s 5-4 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7, “Another New York-Boston series. Red Sox-Yankees. Patriots-Giants. The Celtics just played the Knicks. There’s a lot of hatred between the two cities. We’re looking forward to the series.”

This Boston- New York matchup will either renew the 40 year old rivalry or just be a stepping stone for one of the two teams onto the next round, where they themselves will become someone else’s stepping stone or move closer to a championship. But something tells me that we may see a return to the days of the “swinging seventies” and the year that CBS sold the New York Yankees for $10 million to a syndicate led by a Mr. George Steinbrenner.

Interestingly enough, Rangers coach John Tortorella is a Boston native. Something tells me he’ll be giving the media his famous phrase, “Next Question” a few times during this series. It should be groovy.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Like this story?
Like TARNATION! Sports on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Hey Ranger fans, get your own “Next Question” Hockey T Shirts on sale here.

 
 

Please like & share:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *