This weekend was the anniversary of the infamous March 26, 1997 brawl between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche. The main event was the showdown between Detroit tough guy Darren McCarty and Colorado heel Claude Lemieux.
Twenty-six years after the fact, McCarty found himself in the midst of another scrap with a heel. Only this team, he came out of the scrap second best.
— Woodward Sports Network (@woodwardsports) March 25, 2023
It all happened during a weekend Impact Wrestling card in nearby Windsor, Ont. McCarty was sitting ringside. During a bout between Tommy Dreamer and Bully Ray, the latter grabbed McCarty’s drink, took a swing and then through the remainder of the beverage in McCarty’s face.
After the bout ended in Bully Ray’s victory, McCarty cleared the security barriers, entering the ring. Bully Ray and McCarty exchanged punches. Two other wrestlers entered the ring and attacked McCarty, overpowering him. The trio then combined to slam the fomer Red Wing through a table.
Former NHL Enforcer Darren McCarty Silenced At IMPACT Wrestling Show, Set For Revenge In Nationally-Broadcast Pro Wrestling Match
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
Of course, being that this is pro wrestling, it’s only the beginning of the story. McCarty will get his chance for revenge April 6 as part of a six-man tag team bout.
Rogle Bows Out
Red Wings prospects Marco Kasper (8th overall, 2022) and William Wallinder (32nd overall, 2020) are out of the SHL playoffs after Rogle fell 5-1 on Sunday to Skelleftea in the SHL quarterfinals.
Neither player figured in the scoring. Rogle dropped the best-of-seven set 4-2.
Michigan To Frozen Four
A 2-1 overtime victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions advanced the Michigan Wolverines into the NCAA Frozen Four. Red Wings draftee Kienan Draper (187th, 2020) is on the Michigan roster, though he’s yet to suit up in the tournament.
Ethan Phillps (97th, 2019) and the Boston Terriers moved into the Frozen Four with a win over Cornell on Saturday.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Alex Nedeljkovic has 10 games left this season to show Detroit or some other NHL team that he’s worth a contract for next season
- The son of female goaltending icon Manon Rheaume, goalie Dylan St. Cyr has joined the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins on an amateur tryout
- Scoring woes were continuing for the Red Wings as they were blanked 3-0 by the Philadelphia Flyers
Red Wings Next Game
Detroit may be all but out of the playoff picture, but the Red Wings could put a dent in the playoff hopes of the Pittsburgh Penguins with a win on Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m. ET). Detroit is 2-5-1 in the last eight games against Pittsburgh and has been outscored 40-18 over than span.
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Pittsburgh: Even though goalie Tristan Jarry appears to be returning to health, so the Pittsburgh Penguins be riding Casey DeSmith down the stretch?
Florida: Trying to make the NHL playoffs, the Florida Panthers picked a terrible time for a three-game losing skid.
Boston: In Sunday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak was reaching the 5o-goal plateau for the first time as an NHLer.
Montreal: Top prospect Sean Farrell is leaving Harvard and signing a pro contract with the Monteal Canadiens.
Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Flyers are sending right winger Tyson Foerster and defenseman Egor Zamula to Lehigh Valley to help the Phantoms make a push for the AHL playoffs.
Calgary: Mikael Backlund will be playing his 900th NHL game for the Calgary Flames.
Colorado: Fourth-line center Alex Newhook believes his game is growing during what has been an up-and-down season for him with the Colorado Avalanche.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Kings forward Blake Lizotte was issued a one-game NHL suspension for cross-checking Winnipeg Jets defensemen Josh Morrisey in the head.
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights could be clinching a playoff spot as early as Tuesday.
San Jose: Up to 90 points on the season, could San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson reach the magical 100-point plateau this season?