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Hockey Fans Anticipate Exciting Playoff Matchup

April 26, 2008 10:45 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Hockey’s two most bitter rivals, the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings, have met in the semi-final round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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As the National Hockey League moves through its championship playoffs, one pairing, between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche, is getting extra attention. The two teams have an intense rivalry that began with some punches and a brawl in 1996.

So far, Detroit leads the seven game series 1–0.

The rivalry has left the ice, however, as evidenced by a Denver writer’s thoughts on Detroit and its nickname “Hockeytown.” Bernie Lincicome wrote in the Rocky Mountain News: “How, exactly, this became Hockeytown is unclear, except the notion goes unchallenged, possibly because everyone else thinks the name is a practical joke that only Detroit does not get.”

Darren McCarty of the Red Wings sees playing the Avalanche as an integral part of the Stanley Cup experience. “It sort of feels like a cup run is really happening now because we got to go through Colorado,” he said on the Detroit Red Wings Hockey blog.

Meanwhile, Detroit hockey fans are reacting to the National Hockey League’s ban on one of their favorite and most unusual traditions—throwing a dead octopus onto the ice before playoff games. The NHL has said the team can be fined $10,000 if an octopus appears on the ice.

Headline Links: “Hooeytown—it will be Avalanche in six”

Analysis: Rivalry not what it was?

Background: How a rivalry forms

Related: Octopus twirling

Reference: Hockey Guide

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