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Where were you? I was in high school, had like 10 of my buddies over, best game ever.
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March 26th, 1997
The Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche met at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI for a regular season game. This game turned into a classic when it erupted into a brawl that even involved two hall of fame goaltenders. The focal point of this battle, however, was the retribution given to Claude Lemieux by Darren McCarty for Lemieux's cheap shot on Kris Draper in game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in 1996.
It is thought that this night bonded the Red Wings together enough for their run to the Stanley Cup in 1997, their first since 1955.
It was a momentous night in Hockeytown.
I was on a field trip to god knows where, but I remember the had a huge tv and all of us huddled around to watch the beat down
To die in ann arbor is redundant
The Wings-Avs rivalry saved the sport for awhile after the 1994-95 lockout. It was awesome.
Too bad the NHL was dumb enough to have another work stoppage in 2004 and again in 2012 and all the while making the dumbest decisions possible to the point where the NHL is barely even talked about anywhere besides Canada, Detroit and a few other markets.
Watching it my basement playing imageniary hockey.
A High School Sr. Watching with friends in our Den.
They won the cup that year, the same day I graduated HS. One of the great nights of my life.
Ratings, attendance, and revenue continue to be up across the board.
In fact, several NBC telecasts this season have set ratings records for a non-Winter Classic regular season game.
I was five years old, had no idea the significance of playoffs or goals or what have you, Just liked watching hockey with my grandma.
I watched this game in a house on Beal street with friends in East Lansing.
I don't really watch hockey anymore, but those Wings teams were awesome.
Listening to 97.1 for thread ideas are you? I thought it was just them looking to us for topic ideas.
PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTT weak shit OP
Watched it at Mulligan's Pub in Grand Rapids.
Senior in HS, day before I turned 18. Watched the game by myself, maybe P Rob watched too, don't remember that. There was a replay at 1 or 2 am on PASS that I taped and forced a bunch of non-hockey fan friends to watch repeatedly when they were over the night after for my birthday
Best single hockey game I've ever watched for so many reasons
My parents would never get PASS
That was the last year of PASS. They closed up shop that fall.
I love that place.
I was a Freshman at MSU!
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Watching it with my buddies in EL, all of which were/are, huge Wings fans. Epic.
Wait, Lemeiux drove Draper into the dasher in the conference finals and the "payback" didn't happen until March the following season?
That couldn't have been the first time they played the following season was it?
No, it was the last time they played that regular season actually. Odd, I know.
If that fight doesn't happen, that Wings team would have still been the Avs' bitch (Wings were 0-3 in the season series leading into this game) and they wouldn't have won the Cup.
I envy you guys who were old enough at the time to fully appreciate those Wings teams and what they accomplished. I was in 3rd grade in 97. Honestly, the only Cup I really fully appreciated was probably the '08 Cup. I was still pretty young in '02
Freshman in HS. I don't remember what I was doing, probably fapping, but definitely did not get to see that game. Couldn't get cable at my mom's house out in the sticks, and she was too cheap to pay for satellite.
My son was born that day. Left the hospital and walked into the bar to celebrate. One of the greatest days ever.
Damn, your son developed fast.
He sure did. It almost seems like it.
"What can I get'cha?"
"Something strong, I was just born today."
"Here ya go bud, it's on the house."
"Much obliged, barkeep."
"Think nothing of it. Welcome to the world."
It wasn't the first time they had played, but I believe it was the first time that Lemieux had played against the Wings that season (or at the very least the first time that Lemieux and McCarty had both played).
The Shanahan-Roy collision is still such an amazing scene. The whole thing was so fucking epic.
The only thing missing was Mickey. He'd already gone downstairs to do intermission interviews, and didn't get miked up until it was over. Would have loved to get his off the cuff reaction. He goes nuts during the tamest of fights!
Just found this. The entire game! Pretty sweet.
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The Red Wings--Avalanche brawl was a large-scale on-ice melee that occurred March 26, 1997, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, United States, between two National Hockey League rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche. The brawl, alternatively called Bloody Wednesday, Fight Night at the Joe and Brawl in Hockeytown, stemmed from a previous on-ice incident between the two teams during the 1996 Western Conference Finals.
In Game 6 of the 1996 Western Conference Finals, Avalanche right winger Claude Lemieux checked Red Wings center Kris Draper from behind, driving Draper's face into the boards.
The hit sent Draper out of the game and into the hospital with a broken jaw, shattered cheek and orbital bone, which required reconstructive surgery involving his jaw being wired shut and numerous stitches. The Avalanche would go on to defeat the Red Wings in six games, eventually winning the Stanley Cup. After the traditional handshakes that take place after a playoff series, former Red Wings winger Dino Ciccarelli said of Lemieux, "I can't believe I shook the guy's freaking hand. That just pisses me right off
In the next regular season, although the two teams had played each other three times without incident, this fourth meeting on the night of March 26 was different, with nine fights in the game. As tensions mounted early in the first period, defencemen Brent Severyn (Avalanche) and Jamie Pushor (Red Wings) fought at 4:45 of the first period, followed by a fight between forwards Kirk Maltby (Red Wings) and René Corbet (Avalanche) at 10:14.
The major melee ensued at the 18:22 mark, leading to the third fight. Shortly after a collision between Red Wing center Igor Larionov and Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg, Wings enforcer Darren McCarty seized the chance to avenge his Grind Line teammate by escaping a linesman's grasp and hitting Lemieux with a right hook from the side. McCarty laid many blows on Lemieux, who fell to the ice and covered his head (labeled "turtling" in hockey terminology); McCarty managed to land a few more punches, drag Lemieux to the boards, and knee him in the head before the two were separated by officials.
Seeing what McCarty was doing to Lemieux, Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy skated out of his net to defend his teammate, but was intercepted by Red Wing forward Brendan Shanahan, who was skating at full speed, with an open ice body check, sending him sprawling momentarily into Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote. While Shanahan and Foote tangled, Wings goalie Mike Vernon went out to center ice to try and grab Foote off of Shanahan. Roy saw this going on and got Vernon's attention by attacking him from behind, which ended up escalating to a fight when Vernon and Roy dropped their masks, gloves, and blockers. The scrum between Larionov and Forsberg ended with the oft-injured Forsberg aggravating an injury. As a result of the third brawl of the first period, Forsberg and Larionov each received matching minor penalites for roughing; Roy and Vernon were each assessed minor penalties for roughing Shanahan and Foote, respectively, and major penalties for fighting each other, and McCarty received a double-minor for roughing Lemieux, giving Colorado a power play. Forsberg aggravated an injury in scrum with Larionov and would not return, and the McCarty/Lemieux incident left patches of blood on the ice that were visible before the ice was resurfaced by the Zamboni; blood also ended up on the boards near the Red Wings bench. There was even more blood during this brawl, when blood started to gush out from Roy's forehead from the punches he received by Vernon.
Fifteen seconds after the Roy/Vernon fight, Avalanche winger Adam Deadmarsh and Red Wing defenceman Vladimir Konstantinov would drop the gloves in another fight for the final fight in the first period.
There would be five more fights (and four stoppages) in the second period: a fight between Shanahan and Foote four seconds into the second period, simultaneous fights between Avalanche winger Mike Keane and Red Wing winger Tomas Holmstrom, which occurred for the most part on the ice and between Severyn and Red Wing defenceman Aaron Ward 3:34 in (Severyn and Ward were ejected for a secondary fight), McCarty and Deadmarsh at 7:24 (McCarty also received a roughing), and between Pushor and Avalanche defenceman Uwe Krupp at 11:26.
When the third period ended, the score was tied 5--5. Incidentally, it was McCarty who scored the winner against Roy in overtime, assisted by Shanahan and Larionov.
I was there. There were grown men crying near me they were so giddy over the beatdown.
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