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Eventful night for Avs’ first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon

Oct 3, 2013, 1:45 AM EST

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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.”

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