Nathan MacKinnon is still only 18 years old. Yet, after a three-point performance against the Minnesota Wild in Saturday’s entertaining and highly controversial Game 5, the young NHL rookie leads all players in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 10 points.
It’s early. True. But still impressive considering he’s only a teenager and will be for still quite some time.
His overtime goal – the first of his Stanley Cup playoff career – lifted the Avalanche to a 4-3 victory on home ice and pushed the Wild to the brink of elimination in this first round. Colorado now leads the series 3-2.
“Right at the top, for sure,” said MacKinnon when asked where this OT winner ranked in his young career. “I’ve never scored a goal like that in my life.”
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.