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Eventful night for Avs’ first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon

Oct 3, 2013, 1:45 AM EDT

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Nathan MacKinnon made his National Hockey League regular season debut for the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, and it was a night to remember.

Not just for his first two career assists, or the 6-1 Colorado win over the Anaheim Ducks. MacKinnon, who the Avalanche chose with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, also came close to getting in a fight with Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy midway through the second period.

The two would meet again later in the evening.

It’s believed the knee-on-knee hit that Lovejoy threw on MacKinnon in the third period was one of the contributing factors to a melee at the benches involving the two head coaches – Patrick Roy for Colorado and Bruce Boudreau for Anaheim – at the end of the game.

“I was not very happy, first of all, seeing their defenseman (Lovejoy) kneeing our guy (MacKinnon). That was a knee-to-knee hit and it should have been a penalty in my opinion,” Roy said after the game, according to The Denver Post.

“Certainly didn’t like that. When it’s 6-0 I don’t think this game needs this type of cheap shot.”

A video of the dust-up at the benches shows Roy yelling and pointing at a player, before he turns his attention to Boudreau.

Roy shoved the glass twice, and Boudreau afterward called Roy’s actions “bush league.”

  1. jernster21 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    This is only the beginning of a lot of great things to come. I was in Vegas for the Avs/Kings at Frozen Fury and honestly thought MacKinnon looked scared out of his mind. He didn’t look that way tonight though, he fed some amazing passes to McGinn and that line could be lethal……and they’re the 3rd line.

  2. raiderssuckballz - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Cheap Shot by Ducks!!

  3. hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Would have been more memorable if the glass actually came down on Boudreau.

    Good showing…everyone looked sharp and well coached. Looks like the team is excited, which is scary – there’s a lot of talent on that team offensively.

  4. mathieug79 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Patrick Roy still is an Idiot! In the QMJHL was the same way.

  5. mathieug79 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Patrick Roy still an Idiot! In the QMJHL was the same way.

  6. augsburg12 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Roy rage … Is that a new steroid side effect

  7. avfanforlife - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Most fun I’ve had watching an AV’s game in a while! If Roy can keep this intensity up AND get the D to play to their abilities, Playoffs, here we come! (Varly was on fire early on and even though the score was 6-0 til the last few seconds, it easily could have been a close game.)

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