March 26, 1997: Brawl in Hockeytown


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How the Detroit Red Wings - Colorado Avalanche hockey rivalry was born 20 years ago at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.. 

 

Nonstop fights brawling, blood on the ice, ripped off uniforms and a crew of seriously overworked referees. 

 

Bad blood left over from the previous season's Western Conference finals resulted in 18 major fighting penalties, including one each for goaltenders Patrick Roy of Colorado and Mike Vernon of Detroit, and a total of 144 penalty minutes. 

 

Boxer Joe Louis would have loved it :)

 

Oh, the Red Wings won 6-5 in overtime.

 

NHL highlight video (15 min)

 

 

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