Discuss: Avalanche hang on to beat Penguins on NHL on NBCSN

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So, the battle for supremacy of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, never quite panned out between Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon on Monday.

Their two teams, Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins and MacKinnon’s Colorado Avalanche, were embroiled in a low-scoring affair without much in the way of fireworks.

In the end, the Avalanche, thanks to a goal from Gabriel Landeskog, won by a final score of 1-0.

Let’s discuss:

  • This was two points that got away from the Penguins. They outshot the Avalanche 34-14 and went 0-7 on the power play.
  • The two hockey sons of Cole Harbour – Crosby and MacKinnon, playing against each other in the NHL for the first time, didn’t quite produce the magic everyone may have been hoping for. Crosby, the Penguins first-overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, had zero points in 22:07 of ice time, while the 18-year-old MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s first-overall pick in this year’s draft, had zero points in 10:07 of ice time.
  • How about the Avalanche? Make that eight wins in their first nine games of the season.
  • Gabriel Landeskog’s goal at 5:26 of the second period stood as the winner. Seconds after getting out of the penalty box, the Avs’ captain found himself in on a two-on-one rush. His off-wing wrist shot beat Marc-Andre Fleury, although it appeared to be deflected.