If the rivalry between the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings marked the spirits towards the end of the 1990s, no match has been more bloody than the one played on Wednesday, march 26, 1997, at Joe Louis Arena. There is already 23 years old, Quebecers Patrick Roy and Claude Lemieux were at the heart of the action.
Nicknamed the “Bloody Wednesday”, this part of the regular season had given the right to nine fights, but especially several shots vicious.
It is the end of the first period that the attacker Red Wings, Darren McCarty had set fire to the powder by attacking Lemieux, the firing of shots while he was still in a ball on the skating rink. Roy had immediately skated to McCarty to defend his teammate, but it is Brendan Shanahan, who had intercepted the pass.
This was one of the sequences of the most memorable of the match. However, Roy had also thrown the gloves in the face of the goalkeeper Mike Vernon. The blood lay on the ice, so we had to clean up the ice before resuming the action.
Statistics forgotten: Roy had made 41 stops in the face of the Red Wings, on this day. The Wings, however, had won the match by the score of 6 to 5 in overtime thanks to a goal from… Darren McCarty.