The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers are two teams the Capitals don't get along with. Those are rivalries that run deep. How deep? All the way to the AHL.
The Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, played Philadelphia's affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday. In the midst of a blowout win for Hershey, Lehigh Valley scored. They tweeted out the goal.
The Bears decided to fire back which led to a hilarious exchange.
Hey, guess what? pic.twitter.com/o3QkxLAn3u— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) November 12, 2017
The AHL seemed to get a kick out of the growing feud.
The next night, Hershey played Pittsburgh's affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Prior to the game, Hershey decided to start some trouble again.
The Bears have won more Calder Cups than any team in the AHL. The Penguins, meanwhile, have reached the finals three times, but are 0-3 and have no Calder Cups to their name.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did not appreciate the jab and responded with this:
Prompting a response for Hershey.
Sometimes, the truth hurts! pic.twitter.com/9TFV8gDggB— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) November 12, 2017
But the Bears weren't done yet.
At the end of the first period, Hershey trailed 2-0 and decided to throw more shade in their rival's direction.
After 20 minutes, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have an early 2-0 lead over the Hershey Bears. We're currently anticipating that banner should be raised from their rafters by sometime next week #HBH #DefendTheDen pic.twitter.com/b2OMfSLinG— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) November 12, 2017
This time it was Lehigh Valley, apparently still salty from the night before, who responded.
The article the Phantoms linked to is entitled "7 Ways To Deal With Overly Aggressive People."
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As funny as all of this was, it unfortunately backfired for Hershey as they fell to the Penguins 5-1. When the score was 4-1, the Bears tried to get WBS to take their foot off the gas with one last tweet to their rivals.
It's no wonder why the Caps, Penguins and Flyers all hate each other. They are taught about this rivalry even in the minors.