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Wait… Maple Leafs-Bruins isn’t a rivalry?

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Whenever Toronto and Boston get together these days there’s a buzz about the game that always centers around how Phil Kessel performs against his old team and how Tyler Seguin plays against the team he could’ve been a part of. When Kessel goes wild, Leafs nation exuberantly cheers believing they got the better of their trade between foes. When Seguin pots a goal, the cheers in Boston of, “Thank you Kessel” rain down causing the Leafs faithful to seethe.

While Brian Burke essentially declared the trade a win for Boston thanks to winning the Stanley Cup last year, is this Toronto-Boston battle a true rivalry? CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty doesn’t think so. Haggerty says that it’s not a rivalry until both sides get the upper hand on each other. Boston has owned Toronto the last four years going 11-4-3 against the Leafs. Add to that that the two teams haven’t faced each other in the playoffs in seemingly forever and there’s not much else to go on aside from the Kessel-Seguin (eventually Dougie Hamilton) stuff.

Does that make it any less contentious though? No way. Perhaps the Bruins look at this as the kid brother of the arch rival looking to get a piece of them while their true rivals, Montreal, are always there to light the fuse. Either way, when it comes to either of the traditional rivals out of Canada, the Bruins have to be dialed in and ready to play or else.

After all, if Boston wants this to continue to not be a rivalry in their minds, they have to keep putting their foot down. With how the Leafs have been playing this season there might be just a classic rivalry to come out of this anyhow.

Jared Spurgeon shows he has hands like a surgeon (Video)

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Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon has a pretty good knack for scoring goals, especially considering the fact that he doesn’t always take a ton of shots.

Maybe Bruce Boudreau should consider asking him to fire away a little more often.

You won’t see many prettier examples of hand-eye coordination than Spurgeon’s power-play goal from Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, which gave the Wild a 1-0 lead. Watch it in the video above.

It’s almost impressive enough to justify rhyming his last name with surgeon. You know, theoretically.

Video: Chris Kreider doesn’t just fight Cody Eakin, he hits him with his helmet

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Tuesday’s Dallas Stars – New York Rangers almost seemed destined to be a wild affair, and so far, the two teams aren’t disappointing.

For one thing, Chris Kreider and the Rangers were open about “not forgetting” Cody Eakin‘s hit on Henrik Lundqvist, something Eakin realized heading in. The Stars had their own irritations coming into this game, as they clearly weren’t happy with their loss to the Buffalo Sabres and their shaky play overall.

So, yeah, plenty of reason for this to be a rowdy affair.

Kreider is delivering in particular, with the most memorable moment being his strange fight with Eakin, which you can see above. SBNation’s Pat Iversen points out that Kreider probably should have been ejected for hitting Eakin with a piece of his equipment, a violation of Rule 53.

As many know, Kreider has even more of a reputation for “interacting” with goalies, as he did once again with Antti Niemi:

The Stars currently lead the game 5-3, so it’s been a busy one on the scoreboard, too.

Video: Maple Leafs lose Morgan Rielly after fall into boards

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Down 2-0 to the Buffalo Sabres, the Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a shaky start on Tuesday. Still, their concerns likely revolve the most around the health of defenseman Morgan Rielly.

As you can see from the video above, the young Buds blueliner was shaken up by an awkward spill into the boards.

It’s too early to know if he avoided injury or might miss some time, but there’s at least some concern that he might have aggravated an issue from before his NHL days:

We’ll need to wait and see, but with his offensive skills and overall importance in mind (average just under 23 minutes a game this season, more or less in line with his breakthrough year in 2015-16), the Maple Leafs are crossing their fingers that this isn’t anything major.

WATCH LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 23:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck as he turns against Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center on December 23, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Blackhawks need to put a tough weekend behind them; maybe the Colorado Avalanche are just what the doctor ordered.

Colorado is clearly ranked last in the league, whether they believe they have some assets in the likes of Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog or not. Perhaps there will be a few scouts on hand to see how such potential Avs trade targets perform against a contending team?

It’s rarely a dull night when the Blackhawks roll out talented players like Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Jonathan Toews – among others – so it should be a good time on NBCSN on Tuesday.

You can watch online or via the NBC Sports App. Click here for the livestream link.