While the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs were filled with excitement on the ice for the Boston Bruins, the off-ice drama was at a minimun.
There appeared to be a mutual respect between the B's and their first-round opponent -- the Toronto Maple Leafs -- as well as the Rangers in the second round, preventing any hatred from developing in either series.
However, it appears that won't be the case when the Bruins take the ice for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and 98.5 The Sports Hub's Bob Beers broke it down on UNO Sports Tonight on Monday.
“There's already a kind of bitter dislike between the two teams," Beers said. "All the compliments that you're hearing, will continue to hear until the puck is dropped, they'll all go away very quickly. I don't think these two teams like each other very much. There's a lot of different reasons for it and I think it's festered over the last few years.
“It's gonna be very different from the first two series, respect factor was very high against Toronto and the Rangers. We didn't have that stuff going back and forth but I think it's going to end when this one starts.”
One reason for the bitterness may be from Jarome Iginla's decision to refuse a trade to the Bruins in March to instead join the Penguins, something Beers said the B's may use as motivation entering the series.
"What better way to get back at them to make sure that you win this series and you prove Iginla that he made the wrong choice," Beers said. "For Iginla's sake, it's hard not to pick Pittsburgh. The way the whole thing went down was fishy. So yeah, another motivation, if you need any more at this point in the season, throw it in there."
Take a look at the video above to see what else Beers had to say about the Penguins, including superstar Sidney Crosby, with Michael Felger and Lou Merloni.