After Chicago started this season without many of the key characters involved in recent disputes and verbal barbs with the Canucks, there were some who felt the rivalry was cranked down a notch.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp says that it not the case and this series is only adding fuel to the fire on their side of it.
"Anytime you play a team in the playoffs once it becomes a rivalry," he said. "Going back two years ago, we had a great series with Calgary and every time we've played them since in the regular season it's been a heck of a game. I don't think the (Vancouver) rivalry is ratcheted down at all. Two teams that both want to win. Two teams that are playing hard. It's still there."
Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.
— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild