For Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon, his last shift in regulation felt like it lasted forever. But after MacKinnon provided an assist on the game-tying goal with thirteen-seconds left in regulation, the time spent on the ice didn't hurt quite as much.
"We got on the ice at the three-minute mark, and got off the ice around the thirteen-second mark. It was a 'bagger' of a shift," said MacKinnon after the game. "But it was a great shot by EJ (Erik Johnson) and a big juicy rebound for Pauly (Paul Stastny)."
"A lot of people don't understand, that puck is coming in hot," he said of Johnson's shot on net. "Pauly settled it down, and put it in the perfect place so he could score. An amazing goal in overtime (as well), and he's not missing from there."
MacKinnon again provided the assist on the game-winning goal in overtime. After taking the puck around the back of the net, MacKinnon shook his defender with a nifty spin move before shoveling a pass to a wide-open Paul Stastny in front for the goal. The Calder Trophy hopeful finished the game with three points off three assists in the first playoff game of his career.
The point total and the win provided MacKinnon with a dream debut in what he hopes will be the first of many NHL Playoff games.
"It definitely exceeded my expectation, that's for sure,"said MacKinnon on his debut. "With the crowd into it, they were like our seventh-man all night. With the intensity, and the grit, it was pretty special."
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