To me, the Avs/Wings brawl is at a different level because of what it meant in the bigger picture. That was not just a fight, it was a battle for conference supremacy. Rarely if ever has another brawl had that kind of meaning.
I agree the sports thrive through rivalry. Our basketball team sucked in high school but everyone would come to the games where we played our rival. Also, lemeiux was one of the bigger ****** in the NHL. A modern day version of him is Sean Avery.
Sean Avery is harmless. He doesn't break faces. A modern day version of Lemieux is Matt Cooke.