Even before his first NHL game, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy couldn’t help but rave about Nathan MacKinnon’s speed. The top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft showed his explosiveness in an almost comical way against the New York Islanders on Friday:
The electric 18-year-old now has 15 goals (and possibly counting) in 44 games during his rookie campaign, and he might just finish the second half on a blazing pace; seven of his 15 goals have come in the last seven games.
Either way, the 2014 Calder Trophy frontrunner can add this highlight to his reel.
Update: The Islanders ended up winning thanks to the exploits of a speedy forward of their own. Michael Grabner scored the 2-1 OT winner to give the Isles three straight wins and victories in six of their last seven games:
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.