DRIVEN TO HATE PUBLIC ENEMY PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1 NO. 1
Ottawa and Toronto are close on a map, but don’t agree on anything
ALTHOUGH THE MONTREAL Canadiens are closer in proximity to the Senators, Ottawa’s biggest rivalry takes place within the provincial borders of Ontario – with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since the NHL returned to Ottawa in 1992, the Sens have had more than enough nasty history with the Leafs, including losing to them in the playoffs four times in five years from 2000 to 2004; then-captain Daniel Alfredsson’s hit from behind on Toronto’s Darcy Tucker in 2002; and Alfredsson’s mocking of Mats Sundin throwing a stick into the crowd in 2004. The rivalry persists to this day and will continue to remain strong because (a) they’re divisional rivals who will play each other
five times in 2014-15, (b) it’s an easy and relatively short drive along Ontario’s Highway 401 and (c) neither team has accomplished enough of anything in the past half-century to make the feud one-sided. They call it “The Battle of Ontario” for good reason: you know both sides will be dialed-in and aching to win.
The two teams meet Oct. 22, Jan. 21, March 21, March 28 and April 5.