Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks: Best Rivalry in the NHL?

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks: Best Rivalry in the NHL?
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Some rivalries in sports are so good they're worth talking about even when the teams don't play each other for over a month.  The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks have one of those rivalries.

It's just that awesome.

Not only do Canucks and Blackhawks fans hate each other, but the the players also have a healthy dislike for each other.

Only the rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins might equal the intensity of what the Canucks and Blackhawks have brought to the table recently.  (Perhaps I will do a rivalry comparison in the next few weeks.)

For now, though, I've decided to break this rivalry into the three categories to show why it's so great.

A combination of the playoff wars, the physicality and the trash talking over the last three years has made this rivalry what it is today.

I'll also look back at the recent history between these two teams and create a timeline of the significant events that have made this rivalry so epic.

Enjoy!

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