The bad blood between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues continued on Wednesday night in Denver.
After the game that saw the Blues snap the Avalanche's three-game winning streak with a 4-1 win at the Pepsi Center to win their fifth-consecutive game, head coaches Patrick Roy and Ken Hitchcock had choice words for one another.
Though there was some rough play during a 7-3 Blues win over the Avalanche on Nov. 14 - with Blues forward Chris Stewart showboating after a fight with Colorado defenceman Cory Sarich, the source of contention between the two coaches goes back to Colorado's opening night win over the Anaheim Ducks.
At the conclusion of that game, Roy got into a heated dispute with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and pushed over a glass partition that separated the two benches. Roy was fined $10,000 for the incident.
Asked about what happened the following day, Hitchcock called Roy's actions "junior hockey" and said they had "no place in our game." Roy chose Wednesday night to finally respond to Hitchcock.
"You know what, I was very mad at the end because I have been jabbed by different coaches around the league, especially Hitchcock when he said that was junior stuff, talking to players, talking to the referees," Roy said. "But I saw a guy on the other side who was talking to players and then was also talking to the referee and got the referee (mad)."
The first-year coach then suggested that there was a league-wide double standard in play that allows for more leniency for a veteran coach's interaction with referees.
"Seems to me that there's different rules for everybody in this league," Roy said. "I guess the old guys are allowed to do whatever they want and I guess us, because we are younger, we are not allowed to say anything. I am a little (mad) about that."
When informed of Roy's comments, Hitchcock did not mince words of his own.
"Oh, give me a break," Hitchcock said. "Tell Patrick to shut the ---- up."
The NHL has not commented on the exchange. The Avalanche and Blues will play in St. Louis on Mar. 8.