Published on Dec 7, 2012
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What is better than a goalie fight in hockey?
How about the best goalie of all time fighting against a goalie 2ho was one of the faces of his franchise for a while?
Not only was this fight between two great goalies, but it also took place when the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Colorado Avalanche was by far the greatest hockey rivalry. It could be considered the best overall sports rivalry during that time period.
This fight escalated from a one-on-one to a fisticuffs between Patrick Roy and Chris Osgood to an all-out brawl involving both teams.
Detroit was leading 2-0 in the third, and Colorado was looking for an excuse to get back in the game. In hockey, picking a fight is one of the best ways to do that, and that's exactly what Colorado did. It also didn't hurt that the two teams hated each other, making a fight even more imminent.
Now to the fight. First, there was a little scrum between Warren Rychel and Kirk Maltby. The fight was a standard hockey fight, nothing special.
Roy could smell blood. The camera shot showing Roy taking off his helmet and warming up for the inevitable fight is like something out of a boxing movie.
Roy makes a slight detour before fighting Osgood. He gives a sheepish attempt to break up the fight, but he sees Osgood creeping up.
Let's stop for a second. This doesn't seem like a fair matchup. Roy is 6'2" and weighs 185 pounds. Osgood is 5'10" and 180 pounds. Roy towers over Osgood.
The commentators build this fight up so well that they have a career in boxing announcing. The fight between Osgood and Roy starts at 1:50 when the announcer screams, "Holy jumpin'!" That's one of the greatest lines because he continues to say it, and he sounds just as pumped to see this fight as any fan.
Roy had the eye of the tiger, but you have to give Osgood credit. He didn't back down and took his helmet off, just as Roy did.
Osgood starts the fight off well, getting a clean left hook to Roy's face, but Roy takes over from there. He continually punches Osgood's face. Osgood won't let up, though. He is able to take Roy down at the end of the fight.
The announcers make up about 60 percent of this fight. After the bout, they are kind enough to go through an in-depth analysis of the fight.
Roy wins this fight, but it was closer than expected. Holy jumpin'!