On This Day: Red Wings beat Avalanche in 7 games in 2002 WCF [Videos]

The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche‘s rivalry is well-documented.

Claude Lemieux‘s hit on Kris Draper back in Game 6 of the 1996 Western Conference Finals was the start of it, and it would act as the catalyst for the infamous rivalry.

Here’s that clip.

The next season, I think we all recall the brawl that took place at Joe Louis Arena between the two teams. It was the first shot of retaliation by the Red Wings since the Draper hit occurred.

Here’s that classic moment.

Another brawl would ensue a year after and plenty of confrontations from then on whenever the Wings and Avs would match-up against one another.

In 2002, the Wings did something that seemingly put the rivalry to bed, and defined that particular era of Red Wings hockey history. It was the 2002 Western Conference Finals and the Red Wings were matched up against the hated Avalanche.

The series would go all 7 games. Game 7 was at Joe Louis Arena and it would end up being a beat-down handed out by Detroit. The Wings pummeled Patrick Roy and chase him out of the game after putting 6 goals past him not even halfway through the second period. The Joe was rocking and seeing Roy skate off the ice was a scene like no other. Detroit would move on to the Stanley Cup Finals where they squared off against the Carolina Hurricanes and brought home the Stanley Cup to Hockeytown in five games.

Here is highlights of that Game 7 beat-down.

What a feeling this moment was, I get goosebumps watching this footage again.

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