19 February 2008
A lot of people got all teary-eyed and red-faced as The Avs and Beige Wings played a game eerily reminiscent of the old "Blood Feud" Days last night that has many people thinking the rivalry is renewed. Hell nearly every, Red Wing and Red Wing fan is saying Lappy's hit on Lidstrom was dirty. And visions of Claude LeMieux on Draper danced in everyone's head. So I can understand if people want to get carried away.The Blood Feud nostalgia then bubbled over as Mike Babcock and Tony Granato got into a heated exchange that invoked memories of the Crawford-Bowman argument many moons ago.
But every outside observer with hockey knowledge I have seen has called it clean. Eric McErlain said:
Colorado's Ian Laperriere delivered a hard, but undeniably clean, check to Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom. The hit pinned Lidstrom to the glass just inside the Avalanche defensive zone, and his head appeared to snap back and hit the plexiglass.And Deadspin Closer, 4th period writer, and Fanhouse blogger Greg Wyshanski called the hit "legal and fairly clean".
The Blood Feud was so fun because the two teams were battling for the Stanley Cup, and the winner would get it. The Avs are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference. The Blood Feud was fun because the teams were evenly matched, Detroit swept the season series 4-0, outscored the Avs 11-2 and haven't even allowed an Avs goal in over 214 minutes.
No last night's game wasn't a return to the Blood Feud, but it was a chance for a wakeup call for two recently struggling teams, and Lappy's hit on Lidstrom provided the spark that could ignite a run for both teams. Babcock recognized that spark and capitalized by sending out Downie, yelling at Granato, and firing up his team. Quenneville responded by ignoring the incident, sending his assistant to yell back at Babcock, and taking an excruciatingly stupid and ultimately devastating bench minor