Winnipeg and Colorado may be on their way to a newfound rivalry after playing twice in seven nights. On Thursday, Jets captain Andrew Ladd and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog dropped the gloves to fire up their squads in one of the most active fights of the season.
During Thursday night’s contest, with the score tied at one apiece midway through the second period, you could see Landeskog and Ladd talking to each other a bit as they made their way to the faceoff circle to the left of Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard. As soon as the puck was dropped, the mitts were off, and the two leaders threw bombs trying to spark their respective teams:
According to hockeyfights.com, this scrap went decidedly in favor of the 22-year-old Landeskog, but it was a valiant effort from both men.
In the last game between the two teams, back on Dec. 5, Winnipeg center Jim Slater got into a tussle with Colorado pivot Maxime Talbot after a skirmish broke out in front of the Winnipeg goal. It wasn’t the only penalties picked up in the incident, though, as the Jets and Avalanche combined for 16 minutes in penalties and two game misconducts following the dust up.
Two games between two physical teams in the span of seven days is the perfect recipe for a rivalry like this to be born, but Winnipeg and Colorado won’t faceoff again until Feb. 8. It’s hard to believe tempers will have cooled by then, though.