DENVER - Fans showed up in force Friday night to re-live an epic hockey rivalry.
The Red Wings lost to the Avalanche 5-2 in the NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game, in front of 43,319 fans.
"Since Sega Genesis, it was the best game I’ve seen," said one Avs fan, leaving Coors Field with a smile on his face. "[The game] Did not disappoint at all."
The game was played outdoors on Coors Field, and it was the first-ever NHL outdoor regular-season game played by the Colorado Avalanche.
"Recognizing the numbers on the ice, [I] couldn’t’ ask for a better time," said a Red Wings fan, who traveled from Detroit to relive the memories. "The result wasn’t what I wanted, but at the end of the day still a great atmosphere and just the game of hockey -- got to love it. It’s been a little warm so maybe chalk it up to bad ice conditions as well."
The Avalanche and Red Wings combined to win five Stanley Cup championships in a seven-year period from 1996 through 2002.
Colorado captured titles in 1996 and 2001, Detroit in 1997, 1998 and 2002.