by Patrick Hoffman on 02/10/11 at 06:00 PM ET
The game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night is the perfect example of why hockey can be so great.
It had big hits, plenty of fights, highlight-reel goals and it was one of the best rivalry games of the season between two Original Six franchises. It was old time hockey at its absolute best.
With that in mind, the National Hockey League needs to find a way to take advantage of the Original Six Franchises and give them more games to play against each other. Just look at the rivalries that are available to showcase:
- Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
- Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
- Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
- Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
- Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
- Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
These are all great matchups whether it is a regular season game or a Stanley Cup playoff game because it features the absolute best that the game of hockey has to offer:
- Great goals
- Big hits
- Big fights
- Big Saves
- Large crowds
This is old time hockey games at its best and the NHL needs to figure out a way to schedule more games between the Original Six franchises.
What do you folks think?
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