- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BOSTON (AP) - After the marathon bombings, the cities of Boston and New York put aside their bitter rivalries and joined in their mutual love of sports and country.

Well, that time may be ending, at least when it comes to sports.

The Knicks beat the Celtics in an NBA first-round playoff series this year, and now the NHL’s Rangers and Bruins will play in the Eastern Conference semifinals _ their first playoff meeting since 1973 _ despite the fact that the two teams are part of the league’s Original Six franchises.

Here’s a look at the very best of the Boston-New York rivalries in football, basketball, baseball and hockey.




The Giants beat the Patriots 17-14 on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left. It was set up by a 32-yard completion to David Tyree with 59 seconds to go on which the receiver trapped the ball against his helmet while being guarded tightly by Rodney Harrison. The loss ruined the Patriots' chances at going 19-0 and denied them their fourth Super Bowl in seven years.


The teams met again for the championship and, again, the Giants won, 21-17, with a late touchdown. Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 6-yard run with 57 seconds left after Mario Manningham caught a 38-yard pass from Manning along the left sideline with two defensive backs bearing down on him. On the last play of the game, Tom Brady’s desperation pass into the end zone landed just out of the reach of Rob Gronkowski.


1997: Bill Parcells leaves as head coach of the Patriots after losing the Super Bowl to take the same job with the Jets.

2000: Bill Belichick quits after one day as Jets’ coach to take Patriots' top job.

2006: Eric Mangini angers Belichick by leaving as Patriots defensive coordinator to take over the Jets. Belichick offers a weak handshake to Mangini after beating the Jets in the second game of the season.

2007: NFL penalizes the Patriots for videotaping Jets coaches’ signals during a game on Sept. 9. Belichick was fined $500,000 and the Patriots were fined $250,000 and forced to give up a 2008 first-round draft pick for what became known as “Spygate.”

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