By Greg Connors
A new show on NBC Sports Network called "NHL Rivals," which premieres
tonight at 11, features the history of on-ice battles between the
Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins.
From Brad May's "May Day" goal in the 1993 playoffs to Milan Lucic's collision with Ryan Miller in 2011, the two teams share plenty of history.
Among those interviewed in the show are May, Miller, Phil Housley, Matthew Barnaby, Brad Park, Larry Playfair, Lindy Ruff, Dominik Hasek, Thomas Vanek and Rick Jeanneret.
Ruff, now coach of the Dallas Stars, remembers the rivalry both as a coach and player. "It was about looking over there and seeing which guys you'd have to worry about beating the crap out of you," he says.
Says May: "It was so easy to get up for those games. You couldn't sleep in the afternoon, or you'd sleep with the lights on."
The program is produced by Mark Levy, who has won 22 Emmy Awards for his work on the Olympics, according to NBC. "NHL Rivals" airs tonight at 11, then Wednesday evening at 6:30, prior to NBCSN's broadcast of the Sabres' home game against Boston, part of the network's "Wednesday Night Rivalry" series.