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by George Malik on 02/08/12 at 03:32 PM ET
This is pretty spiffy: ESPN’s Craig Custance (story link via RedWingsFeed delved into the rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks in a multi-page picture spread in the February 20th issue of ESPN the Magazine:
ON NOV. 24, 1926, Detroit beat Chicago 1-0 for its first-ever win—and the Blackhawks’ first loss. Since then, the two clubs have played each other more often (718 regular-season games) than any other NHL pairing. The Wings are up 92 games and have lifted 11 Cups to Chicago’s four, but the Blackhawks hold the playoff series lead 8-7. On Jan. 14, we spent a Saturday in Detroit documenting the passion of the rivalry. If they meet in this year’s playoffs, expect a fresh set of heroes, fights and hits. As their fans know, there’s history between these two.
THE HEROS: A true rivalry isn’t great without great players, and the Blackhawks and Red Wings have featured some of the best to ever don a hockey sweater. Gordie Howe retired with 801 career goals—166 of which came against the Hawks. Bobby Hull scored 610 times, including 97 on the Wings. Every era has its superstars: Lindsay. Mikita. Yzerman. Savard. Lidstrom. Toews. But often it’s been the lunch-pail guys who have created the most lasting memories. It’s winger Mush March clinching Chicago’s first Stanley Cup with the only goal in a double-overtime win over the Wings in 1934. Or Darren Helm’s series winner over the Hawks in Game 5 of the 2009 Western Conference finals, the last time the two met in the playoffs. You don’t need a big name to impact the rivalry—but you can definitely make one.
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