Bruins vs. Flyers: Milan Lucic Talks About the Flyers Rivalry
The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers have rekindled their rivalry during the past few seasons, as the teams have been part of some fierce playoff battles the last two playoffs.
It's a rivalry that will start the 2011-12 NHL season when the Bruins host the Flyers on Thursday night, and will raise their Stanley Cup championship banner before the game.
Separating the emotions from last season during the pregame ceremony then having to go out and play an elite team will be a challenge for the Bruins.
"It's hard to stop thinking about it," said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. "I'm not going to lie, I mean, you achieved your ultimate goal and your dream so how can you stop thinking about it, I mean every time you look up there [at banner] you're going to be thinking about it."
"...It's something that nobody's ever going to be able to take away from us."
The Flyers and Bruins have met in the Eastern semifinals in each of the past two postseasons, with the Flyers beating the Bruins in seven games in 2010, and the Bruins sweeping the Flyers last season.
Their matchups are always intense, and full of physical play.
"There always a challenging opponent for us," said Lucic. "We've kind of felt that rivalry between each other in the last couple years."
"There's going to be some blood boiling out there to start off this game and I think its a great way to start off the season with a test like this."
Lucic scored the first and third goals of Game 4 during the two team's Eastern semifinals matchup last season, a game the Bruins won and eliminated the Flyers in.
After the Bruins host the Flyers in Thursday's season opener, their next game is at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
All quotes obtained first hand.
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