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."
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness