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by George Malik on 04/13/13 at 02:14 PM ET
The Red Wings and Blackhawks played their last game as Central Division rivals last night, and while the Hawks came out on top (as is usual these days), the New York Times' Ben Strauss suggests that the rivalry won't fade away simply because the Wings are highly likely to move to an Eastern-based conference next season, and Strauss spoke to several of the most prominent figures in Wings-Hawks history about said rivalry:
“It’s two great sports cities,” said Chris Chelios, who played parts of nine seasons with the Blackhawks and 10 with the Red Wings. “The fans love it, lots of fights, lots of excitement. It’s always special, and it will be missed.”
As usual, it did not take long for the home crowd to voice its feelings for the invaders from Detroit on Friday. Within seconds of the last note of the national anthem, chants rang out across the stadium. They were not of the PG variety. It was the 725th regular-season game between Chicago and Detroit, the most among opponents in the N.H.L. Fittingly, it was a thriller, with the Blackhawks needing five shots in a shootout to win, 3-2. Even in enemy territory, there were plenty of cheers for the Red Wings goals.
“As far back as I can remember, the Detroit fans loved to go to Chicago, and the Chicago fans loved to go to Detroit,” said the Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, who played 13 seasons in the 1940s and ’50s with Detroit, then three with Chicago. “And back then our cars didn’t go very fast.”
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