Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman scored. Kris Draper cross-checked Adam Foote. And, of course, the Red Wings and Avalanche fans who filled Coors Field cheered and booed the player introductions accordingly.
(Peter Forsberg? Cheered loudly. Claude Lemieux? Booed hard.)
Those intros included defenseman Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings, who was lustily jeered by the Denver faithful as a member of the Winged Wheel and a major player in their rivalry. (He had 43 points and 108 penalty minutes in 72 games against the Avs in his career.)
What did Chelios do when he heard that crowd reaction?
Why, he booed right back.
That was followed by Darren McCarty acknowledging the boos from the Avalanche fans with a Jagr-esque salute to the crowd. This rivalry ruled, and it continues to rule.
Chelios, by the way, is playing in his second alumni game in a week. He received permission from the Red Wings to suit up for the Chicago Blackhawks in their alumni game against the Minnesota Wild last Saturday.
Said fellow Blackhawks alumni player Troy Murray: "He looks like he could still play. He's in great shape. He's incredible."