Nathan MacKinnon Scores In OT To Tie Series

16 April, 2019, 11:59 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Superstars live for the big moments, and Nathan MacKinnon has shown time and time again he was made for them.

In a thrilling game, it was Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon playing the role of spoiler in Calgary on Saturday.

Right after Calgary's Michael Frolik was stymied on a glorious opportunity, MacKinnon took a pass from Mikko Rantanen, sped down his off-wing and wired a glove-side wrist shot for the victor at 8:27 of the extra frame. "I got a step and Mikko made a great pass - a little saucer pass".

The snipe left his teammates, coach - and even the opposition - in awe.

"Honestly I've never heard anything like that before in my career", Smith said of the chants, according to Postmedia's Kristen Anderson. "If you give him too many open looks, he's going to find a way to get one past you, sooner or later. Obviously, you'd like to get a piece of it, but it is what it is". MacKinnon has looked like a man on a mission at the start of the series, generating 12 shots on goal in two games.

Mike Smith made 36 saves for Calgary after making 26 in the Game 1 shutout. "I liked the speed we played with", Landeskog said.

From that point through the end of the game, chants of "Smitty, Smitty, Smitty" broke out regularly from the raucous, sold-out, red jersey-clad crowd. "Then we get up the ice and (Rantanen) and (MacKinnon) execute unbelievably and we get the goal".

It was Avalanche winger Matt Nieto who finally managed to beat Smith in the second period when he scored a shorthanded goal to put his squad up 1-0.

The series continues Monday night in Colorado. Matthew Tkachuk leads Calgary with two goals, Sam Bennett has three assists and Mikael Backlund has eight shots on goal. "Overall, I didn't think we did enough to win the hockey game, there weren't more than a handful of players I was happy with", said Bednar.

The only cheers heard at home during the regular season were of the Bronx variety as Smith struggled at times, posting an.889 save percentage on home ice.

After winning a faceoff in the offensive zone, Monahan went to the front of the net. After both Johnny Gaudreau and Bennett had their attempts blocked, Monahan chipped a high offering into the net. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities.

The Avalanche's best chance in the opening 20 minutes was Landeskog's breakaway off TJ Brodie's giveaway, in which Smith denied him when he tried to go five-hole. I just wanted to bring it to my backhand and I saw open ice there. We're a good team - we all believe in each other. "We have to be a lot harder to play against and we know that".


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