February 1, 2013
John Scott knockout of Shawn Thornton just latest chapter in Bruins-Sabres rivalry

Sabres tough guy John Scott punches Bruins forward Shawn Thornton at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., Jan. 31, 2013. (ALEX TRAUTWIG/Getty Images/AFP)

The first inclination after watching the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres go at it Thursday night was to look at the schedule and see when they play again.

For those interested, the Bruins are in Buffalo Feb. 10 and the 15th.

There are plenty of good rivalries around the NHL, but they ebb and flow according to the fortunes of the two teams.

The Battle of Ontario has lost much of its lustre with the Toronto Maple Leafs having not made the playoffs since two lockouts ago (you know it’s been a while when you start talking in terms of lockouts, plural). Ditto for the Battle of Alberta with both the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers having their problems.