RED SNOW

Blood­shed common when Avs butt heads with Cen­tral ri­val Blues

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

COLORADO’S BLOOD FEUD with Detroit is the NHL’s best of the last 25 years, but it’s pretty much dead. The Avs play their most heated hockey within the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion, ver­sus St. Louis, which they fought tooth-and-nail for the di­vi­sion crown last sea­son.

Dur­ing an April tilt, Colorado en­forcer Pa­trick Borde­leau laid a high hit on Blues D-man Kevin Shat­tenkirk, blood­y­ing him. Min­utes later, Avs rookie Nathan MacK­in­non lev­elled Blues cap­tain David Backes. The hulk­ing Backes took ex­cep­tion, tack­ling MacK­in­non and pum­melling him. Colorado coach Pa­trick Roy was dis­gusted with Backes. “It shows you what kind of leader he is, if you’re go­ing to go after an 18-year-old,” Roy told the me­dia, adding Shat­tenkirk hit him­self in the face with his own stick.

The game ended with 167 com­bined penalty min­utes and fin­ger point­ing has be­come com­mon­place when the teams meet. That Paul Stastny left Colorado to sign with St. Louis this o -sea­son will only in­ten­sify things.

The two teams meet Nov. 1, Dec. 13, Dec. 23, Dec. 29 and Jan. 19.

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