Gotta say, that is one of the best non-brawl, toe-to-toe tilts I've seen. Before the announcer even got the first punch called, boys had thrown at least half a dozen clean connectors (each? lol).
I like Avs/Wings video more for the flying, spinning Patrick Roy who enters the equation, plus his quality bout with Vernon (I was cheering so hard for Roy there, as I watched Vernon and the Flames beat my Habs in '89). Not on the same level of pure fisty-cuffy goodness though.
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.
Why is the NHL trying to get rid of those type of rivalries. Mccarty was the man that night. That night alone should get him into the hall of fame lol.
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.