NATHAN MACKINNON NEWS

Roenick says MacKinnon is more dominant at 18 than Crosby was

When any player scores six points in two playoff games (and three in each respective contest), people get excited. When that guy is 18 years old and those two postseason contests rank as his first two games, the praise gets downright bold. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that Colorado Avalanche wunderkind Nathan MacKinnon inspired Jeremy Roenick to throw the words “Hall of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Wild focus on handling Avs’ speed

For casual observers, the Minnesota Wild’s checklist might boil down to “stopping Nathan MacKinnon.” After falling behind 2-0 in their first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild pointed to a broader goal: to find a way to slow down the Avalanche. Both Norris-level defenseman Ryan Suter and Wild head coach Mike Yeo preached the need for Minnesota to avoid losing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Nathan MacKinnon is loving the spotlight

The playoffs have been underway for a few days now, and so far we have seen some surprising outcomes with St. Louis leading Chicago 2-0 in their series, and Columbus looking like they might have what it takes to beat Pittsburgh. Some people may even be surprised by Colorado holding a 2-0 series lead against Minnesota, but I am not one of them. This team is oozing talent in numerous...
Via Puckrant.com
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MacKinnon is tying/breaking records with hot start

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has participated in just two playoff games, but he’s already redefining what an 18-year-old is capable of doing in this league. He led Colorado to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota last night by becoming the third player in NHL history to post a four-point playoff game at the age of 18. The two that previously managed that feat were Pierre...
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Colorado Avalanche First Line Puts On Passing Clinic Before Goal (Video)

The Colorado Avalanche’s first line connected in the most impressive fashion Saturday night in the team’s 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. The line of Paul Stastny centering Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon combined for all four goals and six assists on Saturday, no doubt as a result of some serious chemistry. The Avs’ third goal of the game was a thing of beauty. All...
Via NESN.com
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Cup Dumps 4/20/14

  Today, everyone is smoking their Easter grass.  The Top Line The Playoffs are seeing a diversity of coverage today. Most surprising is that the Chicago-St. Louis series isn’t the top headline on any site. The most pub is going to Flyers-Rangers, largely because Ray Emery is starting in net. NBC, Yahoo, TSN, NHL.com, The Local Take #1, The Local Take #2 Scoreboard St. Louis...
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Nathan MacKinnon fakes out Wild defense en route to highlight reel goal (video)

Photo via denverpost.com     The number one draft pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and soon to be rookie of the year, Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon showed off some fanciness in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.     MacKinnon, at 18 years old, took the puck into the Wild zone straight at Minnesota defenseman Jared...
Via BruinsLife
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Video- Nathan MacKKinnon With A 4 Point Night

Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche had a four point night last night and now has 7 points (1-6-7) through 2 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He is tied with teammate Paul Stastny (3-4-7) for the league lead in points. Watch MacKinnon rack up the points last night...  
Via Kukla's Korner
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Avalanche Rookie’s Deke Nearly Breaks Defender’s Ankles (Video)

The Colorado Avalanche hold a two-game lead over the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to some top-notch scoring ability. The Avalanche’s offense was on full display Saturday night in the team’s 4-2 win, and an 18-year old rookie played a big part. Nathan MacKinnon, who was the number-one overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, pulled a solid...
Via NESN.com
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Playoffs: First Impressions

So now that the first round of the NHL playoffs is up and running, it's far for me to offer my analysis of what we've see so far. 1. Patrick Roy - I thought the Wild were a playoff dark horse, because of their brand of dull, motionless, offensive-killing play. Nope. The Avs, who don't even have Matt Duchene in the line-up, are dismantling the Wild's defensive system...
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Nathan MacKinnon leads Avalanche past Wild for 2-0 series lead

Nathan's famous. As NHL goalie Roberto Luongo tweeted Saturday night, Nathan MacKinnon is in "arcade mode" for the Avalanche. The Avs' 18-year old rookie was trending nationally on Twitter by the end of the second period of Game 2 of the Avs' first-round playoff series against Minnesota. Six points through the first five full periods of a playoff career, as...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Nathan MacKinnon making Avalanche contenders, Oilers scratch their heads

By now you’ve seen the highlights. The startling burst of acceleration, the mesmerizing stickhandling, the other- worldly vision. Seven points. Six assists. Two games. Nathan MacKinnon has taken the Stanley Cup Playoffs by storm. The 18-year old rookie has catapulted the Colorado Avalanche, the lovable worst-to-first story in the Western Conference, to an early 2-0 series lead...
Via Bloguin Best
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Nathan MacKinnon making Avalanche contenders, Oilers scratch their heads

By now you’ve seen the highlights. The startling burst of acceleration, the mesmerizing stickhandling, the other- worldly vision. Seven points. Six assists. Two games. Nathan MacKinnon has taken the Stanley Cup Playoffs by storm. The 18-year old rookie has catapulted the Colorado Avalanche, the lovable worst-to-first story in the Western Conference, to an early 2-0 series lead...
Via Puck Drunk Love
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

MacKinnon’s line carrying the Colorado Avalanche: Video

Talk about coming in hot. The Colorado Avalanche have made their presence felt in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and we are only 2 games into the Conference Quarterfinal round. The Avalanche will be heading to St. Paul, MN for Game 3 on Monday, April 21st while in complete control of the series, 2-0. Through the first two games, the Avalanche have followed the lead of their top line...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Colorado's speed, transition game too much for Wild in Game 2

Before leaving for Colorado, the Minnesota Wild spoke about the necessity of not getting caught in a back-and-forth game with the speedy, youthful Avalanche. Colorado's transition game, which helped the Avalanche finish fourth in the NHL in scoring this season, was on display in Game 2 and Minnesota returns home down 2-0 and hoping to turn the series with two games at home. The...
Via Fox Sports North
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Avs double up Wild, 4-2

DENVER (AP) -- Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 2-0 series lead. The Wild were unable to contain the quickness of teenager Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three assists. Stastny, the star of Game 1, also had a goal and three assists. His empty-netter...
Via Fox Sports North
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Avalanche take 2-0 series lead on the strength of MacKinnon and Landeskog in 4-2 win over the Wild

Clayton Stoner punches Colorado’s Cody McLeod. Perspective, its something you gain from experience.  Its something veteran players can provide a team; especially when a team is dealing with adversity.  The Wild are a pretty young team, with a roster full of players with very little playoff experience.  A few players have been in the post-season a fair amount over the course...
Via State of Hockey News
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon And The Avalanche Are Putting On A Clinic Against The Wild

The Colorado Avalanche played host to the Minnesota Wild for Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup and, after giving up an early first goal to the Wild, the Avs’ first line has put on an absolute clinic against Minny. Eighteen-year old phenom and last year’s overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, who had three assists in the Avs’ Game 1 win, put Colorado on the board...
Via Next Impulse Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nathan Mackinnon Breaks Jared Spurgeon’s Ankles, Scores Goal in Game 2 for Avs

Nathan Mackinnon may be an 18-year-old playing in his first NHL playoffs, but he hasn’t wasted any time making an impact. On Thursday night, the Avs’ rookie sensation had three points, including the game winning assist in overtime, and on Saturday night, he opened the scoring for Colorado. The goal was ridiculous, as he broke Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon’s ankles before...
Via Diehardsport
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

MacKinnon takes first Stanley Cup Playoffs in stride

Patrick Roy has been watching the Nathan MacKinnon show for three years, two in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and as Colorado Avalanche coach since training camp, and it never gets old. "I've been impressed with him from the first time I saw him play a game," Roy said Friday. "From there to now, his game goes up. He's been so receptive to teaching...
Via Hockey Fan Land
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MacKinnon takes first Stanley Cup Playoffs in stride

Patrick Roy has been watching the Nathan MacKinnon show for three years, two in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and as Colorado Avalanche coach since training camp, and it never gets old. "I've been impressed with him from the first time I saw him play a game," Roy said Friday. "From there to now, his game goes up. He's been so receptive to teaching...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Game #2: Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche 4/19/14 @ 8:30PM CST at Pepsi Center

Minnesota Wild (0-1) 4.0 Goals For (6th) 5.0 Goals Against (15th) 50% Power Play (2nd) 100% Penalty Kill (3rd) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 0G 2A = 2pts 2. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 1G 0A = 1pt 3. #21 Kyle Brodziak ~ 1G 0A = 1pt 4. #3 Charlie Coyle ~ 1G 0A = 1pt 5. #56 Erik Haula ~ 1G 0A = 1pt Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #8 Cody McCormick ~ 4 PIM’s 2. #11 Zach Parise ~ 2 PIM’s 3. #9 Mikko...
Via State of Hockey News
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Yeo argues Wild need to be more physical with rookie MacKinnon

Rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon didn’t wilt under the pressure of making his postseason debut. The 18-year-old forward had three assists to help Colorado earn a 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota on Thursday. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Wild coach Mike Yeo, who wants to see his team make an adjustment when playing against MacKinnon in Game 2 on Saturday. “We didn’t...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Colorado Avalanche put their unmatched resiliency on display in Game 1

 Sometimes it really does feel like hockey games are scripted. If one could write a script for how Game 1 of the opening round series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild would go, that script wouldn't be nearly as good as what actually happened. As they have done so many times this season, the Avalanche practically stole a victory last night. Colorado trailed...
Via Hockey Fan Land
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Stastny ties game, then scores in OT to lift Avs over Wild

With 3:01 remaining Patrick Roy pulled Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche tied the Minnesota Wild 4-4 with 13.4 seconds left in the third period. Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game, lifting the Avalanche to a 5-4 victory over the Wild in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Thursday night. “That overtime one, all five guys end up touching...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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