DENVER -- Patrick Roy is back and if you wondered whether the fiery Hall of Fame netminder had mellowed, um, the answer would be an emphatic no.
With his Colorado Avalanche in full control of Wednesday's home opener and seconds away from delivering him his first NHL head coaching win with a 6-1 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks, Roy blew his stack after what he felt was a "cheap shot" knee-on-knee hit on rookie star Nathan MacKinnon by Anaheim defenseman Ben Lovejoy.
Roy began yelling at some Ducks players before ramming the Plexiglas partition separating the two benches, sending the wobbly structure toward his counterpart Bruce Boudreau, who was yelling back at Roy.
Roy earned a game misconduct for his actions.
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."
Roy downplayed the incident saying it was "just a normal night."
He explained that if he's asking his players for intensity he has to show intensity as well.
"Great intensity," said Roy, who took the Avs head coaching job this past offseason after coaching in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the past eight years.
"Felt like I never left," Roy said.
Some of the Ducks players felt Roy's player selection -- putting Patrick Bordeleau and Cody McLeod on the ice at the end of the game -- was the catalyst for the melee. But Roy said he was merely matching lines as he had all night.
"He put their big guys at the end; probably make a big show out of it. Not surprised," Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin said.
Boudreau said Roy was yelling at players and on-ice officials during a preseason game between the two teams.
"It was a big thing by the referees telling me it's going to be a long year if he's going to be yelling at everybody like that," Boudreau said. "So when I saw it at the end, there was no need for it. They got the game won, just clear your players off and show a little class.
"He was like that in the Quebec league, too. He's not 25 anymore."
Perhaps the best part of the entire episode, Roy ended his postgame media availability by saying his team has to be humble after a win like this and come to work ready to build on the victory.