It didn’t feature the pools of bloody ice like the Fight Night at the Joe, but it’s still infamous in its own right. Detroit Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood not only followed Mike Vernon with a Cup of his own, but also a center ice fight with Patrick Roy.
The Red Wings and Avalanche weren’t about to be the other’s fool on April 1, 1998. Both were gunning for another Cup and each other. A chippy exchange between Warren Rychel and Bob Rouse ignited another brawl.
The Red Wings went on to win 2-0 but the fisticuffs between Roy and Osgood is what observers remembered most.
Detroit would capture its second consecutive Cup that same year while Colorado would be stunned by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round.
In 2013, Roy and Osgood sat down to discuss the fight and hockey on a Fox Sports Detroit (now Bally Sports) interview.
Even 24 years later, the fight’s lore lives on.
McCarty Talks the Likelihood of Head Coach Igor Larionov
With the season winding down, speculation about head coach Jeff Blashill’s job security refuses to go away.
Nothing has been announced or even addressed other than Steve Yzerman’s refusal to answer until the end of the season. Darren McCarty discussed the suggestion that Igor Larionov should be considered for any vacancy.
In other McCarty news, today is his 50th birthday.
— Woodward Sports Network (@woodwardsports) March 31, 2022
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Jakub Vrana’s been here recently and he belongs here again after scoring another goal in Detroit’s 5-4 loss Wednesday. That’s now seven goals in eleven games this season.
Filip Hronek has seen better days on the blue line following the Rangers game. A tough giveaway that led to a goal and a -3 on the ice, Hronek might want to take fictional coach Ted Lasso’s advice and be a goldfish.
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Philly: Flyers prospect Bobby Orr Brink is one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker.
Pittsburgh: The Rangers may have exposed the Penguins, but it’s not all bad.
Florida: The Panthers blank the Hawks as Chicago’s Jonathan Toews notches his 1000th game.
Colorado: Fear not Avs fans, Bo Byram going to the minors is actually a good thing.