Colorado took exception to a hit by Anaheim's Ben Lovejoy on rookie star Nathan MacKinnon. It also lit a fire under Roy, apparently, who engaged in a heated shouting match with Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau from the bench.
The two banged on the partition separating the benches. The flimsy pane of glass was no match for the former Hall of Fame goalie. Had it fallen all the way down, we could have seen a whole new kind of hockey fight with the suits getting after it.
“I was not very happy, with their defenseman kneeing our guy,” Roy said of Lovejoy after the game. "After that, there was some talk from the coaches I guess. So what am I going to do?"
Push over the glass partition apparently is what.
Boudreau was none too pleased with Roy's act and didn't hold back in his post-game comments.
Boudreau, who called the Lovejoy on MacKinnon altercation "a little trip," was unimpressed, telling Roy his actions were "bush league."
"It's just because it was MacKinnon. It was a little trip and maybe they should have called it and [they] let it go because of the score. He was barking at me because I was yelling at him to quit yelling at our players," Boudreau said.
Regardless of what happens on the ice, it's not a coach's job to engage the players, he said.
"A coach has no right to start yapping at players," Boudreau said. "It's not our job to be yapping at players.
"I told him that it's bull, it's bush league. He did what he did, but I mean it's going in for a long year if he's going to yell at every player and yell at the refs at every stoppage of play. It's just not the way the game's played."
As a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior League, Roy often found himself fined by the league and has had plenty of fiery interactions from the bench. So perhaps something of this nature was inevitable, but who would've thought it would come in his first NHL game? In a 6-1 win?
Since Roy is center stage, it's easy to lose sight of some of the other fun little nuggets in the video. Here's a brief list:
2. The cameraman on the Avs' bench never flinched. He just kept right on filming, from about two inches away from the Colorado head coach spitting fire. Somebody give that guy a medal, or at least some hazard pay. And, boy, do I hope that video surfaces really soon.
3. It took both Perry and Patrick Maroon to push back the glass partition that Roy took down himself.
4. Tim Army, the assistant coach closest to Roy on the Colorado bench, had an interesting look on his face as he pulled Roy away from the fracas. It was the face of a man who just realized his boss might be a bit... unstable.
5. Had NBC's Pierre McGuire been between the benches at Pepsi Center Wednesday night, that partition could've been him.
If this is how Roy looks after a win, I wonder what he'll look like after a loss.
However, looking back at the inaptly named St. Patrick's playing career, maybe bench fireworks could be a recurring thing (skip ahead to 1:20).
(h/t @cjzero for top video)