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Return of the rough stuff

Formerly intense rivalry hot again after third-period brawl

Posted: Saturday March 23, 2002 6:36 PM
Updated: Saturday March 23, 2002 8:09 PM
  Dominik Hasek, Patrick Roy Even goaltenders Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek were involved in the third-period brawl. AP

DENVER (AP) -- The rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche took an ugly turn Saturday when every player on the ice squared off during a fight in the third period.

The fight started when Detroit's Kirk Maltby ran into Colorado goalie Patrick Roy with 10:04 left and ended up in the Colorado goal. Roy jumped on Maltby after the collision and hit him several times while both players were lying in the net.

A scrum broke out in front of the net, then each player paired off with an opponent as gloves and sticks flew across the ice. Most of the players locked jerseys, but Colorado's Pascal Trepanier and Detroit's Sean Avery had their gloves off and were throwing punches.

Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek jumped into the fray a few seconds later, skating the length of the ice before slipping into the back of Roy. Officials had to separate the two goalies, who took off their masks off and jawed at each other halfway down the ice.

Fans chanted "Roy! Roy!" as the officials separated the players.

"I was a bit surprised," Roy said of Hasek skating to his end of the ice. "Was it out of line? I think it was. He was probably trying to prove something. I don't' know what it was."

The teams combined for 16 penalty minutes in the sequence, with Detroit getting nine minutes.

Avery received 5 minutes for fighting, Hasek got 2 for leaving the crease and Maltby 2 for goalie interference. Roy received 2 minutes for roughing and Trepanier got 5 minutes for fighting.

"I saw Patrick fighting on the other side," Hasek said. "My responsibility is to get there and help my teammates, but I stepped on a stick a couple of feet from Patrick and I slipped down. I am here to help my teammates. I was ready. If something happens, I am ready for him any time."

Detroit won the game 2-0, but not before it got rough again late in the third period.

Mike Keane ran into Hasek with 4:11 left and was knocked to the ice as he tried to get up. Hasek took a couple of shots at Keane, then Chris Chelios cross checked him twice while he was on the ice.

Chelios hit Keane at least twice more after he got up, then started yelling and pointing at one of the officials. He continued to argue when he got to the penalty box and was called for a game misconduct.

In all, Chelios received 16 minutes worth of penalties: two cross-checking minors, an unsportsmanlike minor and a 10-minute game misconduct.

"We were concerned about Hasek and guys going into the net over the last two or three weeks," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said. "We watched the referees to look at Keane and watch him, and he went into him.

"Chelios wanted to show the rest of the team you can't have the goalie have unnecessarily contacted."

There were 56 minutes in penalties for the game, including 42 in the third period.

"It was a weird game; I'm sure both teams feel that way," Colorado's Adam Foote said. "It looked like both teams were getting frustrated at the end. They let everything go until the end."


 
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