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

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

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

CHRIS PHILLIPS

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.

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