While everyone knows about the competition between Crosby, Ovechkin, and Malkin, this rivalry is rooted far deeper than those players. There have been many playoff meetings within the Patrick Division foes, including coaches being ejected and one of the longest games ever (4 OT). Here's a history lesson.
This is really about the two teams, two franchises, and two cities. Their AHL teams are even rivals. This goes beyond 8 and 87, and another chapter in this rich history will be written tonight at 8 pm at the 50 yard line under the lights.