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by Paul on 09/26/13 at 08:52 AM ET
from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins and Red Wings never have had a rivalry — they just happened to have great teams that produced two consecutive classic series in 2008 and 2009 — but, because of realignment, one finally might develop. They will meet three times every regular season, including twice at Joe Louis Arena this season.
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard didn't dress during those Stanley Cup Final meetings but was the Red Wings' third goalie. He is convinced one of the great rivalries in hockey is about to be born.
“It's going to be special,” he said. “When I look at our schedule, the first thing I do is look for the Original Six matchups. And the very next thing I do is look for Pittsburgh. And I circle them. It just always feels so heated when we play each other. You can feel the tension that still is there because of those series.”
No players embody that more than Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. In those consecutive meetings in the Stanley Cup Final, Crosby and Zetterberg almost exclusively shared shifts. Zetterberg held Crosby in check, sacrificing his offense because of the exhaustion he felt from chasing Crosby.
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