A Rivalry Renewed as Red Wings Beat Avalanche

Tom Pidgeon, Associated Press, Mike Vernon, Patrick Roy, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche

One of the many incidents that has heated this rivalry – Mike Vernon took on Patrick Roy during a full-line brawl. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon // Associated Press)

Colorado’s first loss of the season. Patrick Roy’s first loss as a National Hockey League head coach. And still, the Detroit Red Wings had something to worry about after the game.

Cody McLeod hammered Wings’ defenceman Niklas Kronwall into the sideboards. Although Kronwall admitted that it was something he could have avoided as the one being hit, McLeod received a five-game suspension for his hit. 

But more than that, the hit identified a rivalry that still exists between the Avalanche and the Red Wings. From Claude Lemieux and Kris Draper to Patrick Roy, Mike Vernon, and Chris Osgood, it’s a rivalry that has continued to grow with every meeting.

Here’s a deeper look into the rivalry that is the one of hockey’s greatest – the Colorado Avalanche versus the Detroit Red Wings.

A Rivalry Renewed as Red Wings Beat Avalanche – Published on The Hockey Writers

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2 Responses to A Rivalry Renewed as Red Wings Beat Avalanche

  1. Bill Forbes says:

    very informative Andrew, i enjoy reading your articles.

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