The legend of Nate MacKinnon continues to grow, and likely will continue to do so for some time. He was picked No. 1 overall in this past summer’s NHL draft by the Colorado Avalanche. The 18-year-old made the Avalanche’s opening-night squad, and stuck with the team all year. It’s not like they could send him down- he just kept picking up points, and with the 63 he notched this past year, he became the first rookie to pick up 60+ points in a season since Jeff Skinner did it in 2010-11.
Two nights ago, MacKinnon shocked the world with a three-point night in his NHL playoff debut, including assists on the game-tying goal with under a minute left, and the set-up on the game-winning goal by Paul Stasny, as the Avs dropped the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series.
And speaking of dropping the Wild, check out MacKinnon’s first NHL playoff goal, as the wunderkind puts the clown shoes on Minnesota defender Jared Spurgeon, who spins around and falls to the ice as MacKinnon nets Colorado’s first goal of the night in the second game of their playoff series. For good measure, the follow-through of MacKinnon’s shot ripped the stick out of Wild forward Charlie Coyle’s hands, who was hopelessly trying to back-check on the play.
To recap- MacKinnon takes the puck from behind his own blueline, blows past three Wild players, then Spurgeon gets his ankles broken, and the entire Minnesota team can only helplessly watch as MacKinnon rips the puck home (while disarming Coyle) to tie the game up.
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Update- while this was being written up, MacKinnon picked up the primary assist on Gabriel Landeskog’s goal to put Colorado up 2-1 on Minnesota, and he now has five points in roughly one and a half postseason games- good for the league lead so far in the playoffs. This kid is ridiculous.