Sunday, 26 March 2017

20 Years Ago Today

15 minutes of one of the most memorable brawls in NHL history. Feel free to watch at your leisure. 39 penalties, 148 penalty minutes, 10 fights. That all happened 20 years ago today, and the animosity between these two teams last for years afterwards. The brawl includes the infamous moment when Claude Lemieux turtled against Darren McCarty, and McCarty not letting up once Lemieux ducked and covered. There's also the infamous Patrick Roy-Mike Vernon scrap where Vernon bloodied Roy. Needless to say, we may never see this kind of anger, hatred, and bloodshed again in the NHL.

The best part? I remember watching it on TV twenty years ago. Ah, memories of a simpler time when teams went toe-to-toe and righted wrongs committed on the ice through pure gladiatorial combat. In all seriousness, this might have been the last pure rivalry borne out of hate towards another team. Can we get some more of that in today's game, please?

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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