Colorado Avalanche Alumni: Patrick Roy Moments

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#5: Roy Fights Osgood

Fighting in hockey is controversial, but everyone loves a good goalie fight. (Or at least I think they do.)

Whenever you talk goalie fights, people inevitably bring up the epic battle between Patrick Roy and Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood.

The fight came in the thick of the rivalry between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. It was during a regular season game on April 1, 1998. Trailing 2-0 in the third, the Avs needed a spark, and Roy was ever a fiery one. He saw his chance to challenge Osgood, and Chris had no choice but to accept.

The goalie fight resulted from an all-out scrum. Eventually the officials called 46 penalties for 228 minutes in the game. Unfortunately, Detroit went on to win the game.

Now, no one is ever going to accuse Osgood of being in the same league goalie-wise as Roy. However, even I have to admit he held his own in the fight.

That said, Patrick Roy is the clear winner — he wrestles Chris Osgood down like a cowboy with a prize steer at the rodeo!

For some reason Chris Osgood hasn’t accepted his invitation to play in the Stadium Series Alumni Game. My guess is he’s intimidated by Patrick Roy’s prowess both in net and at center ice.

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