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Fights ensue, the benches go crazy, May 1997

A couple of months later and the two teams were meeting in the Western Conference finals again. The intensity continued to pile up, and naturally, some fights broke out.

The Avalanche head coach at the time, Marc Crawford, took exception to what he was seeing and began to yell at the Red Wings bench, particularly head¬†coach Scotty Bowman. The next morning the local papers in Denver had a picture of Bowman giving Crawford “the finger.”

Detroit went on to win the series and eventually the Stanley Cup following this series in 1997.