Chicago Blackhawks: All-Time Rivalry Mount Rushmore
By Ryan Fedrau
I don’t care what anyone says here, the Canucks are a very dirty team when they play the Blackhawks. The 1995 series where the Blackhawks swept them caused a stir for their fans. The same thing happened when Chicago beat them in the 2009 and 2010 playoffs.
The 2009 and 2010 playoff series’ between the two saw many dirty hits, a ton of fights, a Jonathan Toews–Ryan Kesler rivalry that I’m a fan of, and much more. These two teams truly started their beef towards the end of the 2009 season, where they were fighting for home ice.
There was a huge brawl that happened in Chicago, and these two teams kept the fire up in the playoffs. It was more than a game between the two teams as things got personal real quick. The two would exchange verbal jabs, would disrespect the other in press-conferences, and would be ready to drop the gloves any time they saw each other.
Can you imagine if Twitter was big back in 2009-2011, the number of negative tweets towards each other would make them look like Conor McGregor’s verbal assaults on Khabib Nurmagomedov and the rest of the lightweight division.
Anyone who wants to say this rivalry is over hasn’t seen them play as of late. Their meetings this season were aggressive, as both teams on the cusp of being playoff teams again. We might see this rivalry re-ignite in the 2020s.
It’ll be interesting to see the younger players, who are active on Twitter, and what they may say during these meetings. It’ll be nice if the Blackhawks could run through them one more time in the playoffs, as I cannot personally stand their fans.
One bracket of a 24-team playoff race showed Chicago matching up against Vancouver in the first round, best of five, another showed the Oilers. If the Blackhawks matchup with the Canucks in round one, I’m ready for this rivalry to heat up again.