Bloodshed common when Avs butt heads with Central rival Blues
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.