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In addition, Montreal had two teams representing its English-French divide.
The "French" Canadiens battled the "English" Wanderers (and later the Maroons).
The rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs is due to the close proximity of the two cities and their connection via the Queen Elizabeth Way highway.
The distance from the south end, the Key Bank Center from downtown Buffalo, New York, and the north end, the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto are 89 miles (145 kilometers) from each other.
The Sabres, who won the Northeast Division with 100 points and were seeded 3rd in the Eastern Conference, were upset by the 6th seeded Bruins in six games.
In April 2013, the rivalry was set aside when both teams faced off in the Bruins first home game after the Boston Marathon bombing.
In the playoffs, the two teams have met in 34 series for a total of 171 games, 11 series and some 54 more games than two other Original 6 teams, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.Rivalries also existed with other leagues, such as the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.It was not until 1926 that the NHL took sole ownership of the Stanley Cup. for a short time created a cross-town rivalry in New York City between the New York Rangers and New York Americans.The teams compete in the same division and meet frequently during regular season games.In the early 2000s, both of these teams met four times in the playoffs with Toronto winning each series.