Colorado Avalanche Decade in Review: 20 Memorable Moments

DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 30: Joonas Donskoi #72 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers with his bench at the Pepsi Center on October 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Panthers defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 30: Joonas Donskoi #72 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers with his bench at the Pepsi Center on October 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Panthers defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 28: Linesmen Kiel Murchison #79 and Vaughan Rody #73 seperate captains Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild and Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche on the bench late in the game as Landeskog was given a 10 minute misconduct penalty with four second remaining in the game at Pepsi Center on February 28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Wild defeated the Avalanche 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /

11. Memorable Moment: Gabriel Landeskog Throws Punch at Mikko Koivu

Remember what I said about the hot rage so many of us feel toward the Minnesota Wild? Well, we waited all off season for a rematch, which was going to come in the form of a season opener in Minnesota and a home opener in Colorado.

Yeah, well, the Avalanche were shut out in both of those games. They actually didn’t beat Minnesota all season. Well, in the game on February 28, our captain had finally had enough.

It was the final meeting of the season between the two teams. Colorado, the home team, was down 3-1 late in the third. Wild captain Mikko Koivu mouthed off the Landeskog, and our frustrated captain reached across the partition and punched him in the face:

He was fined $5,000 for that act of aggression. Even a lot of Avs fans didn’t think it was a good look for Landeskog. However, after all we’d been through at their hands… yeah, for me it felt good to see someone letting go of his frustrations.

By the way, Cody McLeod fought Charlie Coyle and also got a game misconduct and fine.