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MacKinnon’s Avs beats Jones’ Preds 3-1

Oct 5, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

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This year’s first overall pick Nathan MacKinnon‘s Colorado Avalanche beat fourth selection Seth Jones‘ Nashville Predators 3-1 on Friday, but their teammates stole the show.

In the mind of Predators fans, the real story was probably Steve Downie‘s hit on Roman Josi, and really, Downie in general. The 26-year-old drew 10 PIM:

Downie: tripping (20 seconds into second period)
Charging (9:21 into second period)
Charging again (12:10 into second period)
Roughing, twice (9:28 into the third)

From Colorado’s perspective, it might have been P.A. Parenteau’s night. He scored two goals (albeit one an empty-netter) to help the Avs win.

That’s not to say that the two rookies were lost out there.

MacKinnon collected a secondary assist, fired two shots and logged 17:14 minuts of ice time. Jones didn’t generate a whole lot, with just one shot and a -1 rating in 25:46 minutes.

While their numbers aren’t eye-popping, they still seem like they belong at the NHL already, so both fan bases should be pleased.

  1. jernster21 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    The numbers aren’t eye popping? Yeah, MacKinnon didn’t put up 5 points, but last I checked, being a point a game player is “good”, so putting up one point is pretty decent, and since he has three in two games, that’s pretty impressive for a guy that’s only played two NHL games.

    By the way, you misspelled minutes.

  2. LampyB - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Simmer down there buddy. Its only two games. The authors tone is correct, we’ll see what happens. Dont get your panties in a bunch because he wasnt gaga for mackinnons whopping three points.

  3. georgejarkko - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Steve Downie – he’s your problem now, Colorado!

    In our Lightning drinking game you had to chug the rest of your beer whenever he got a misconduct. It happened often enough that it was a thing.

    • pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      To be fair to Downie you’d need to see those penalties and not just look at the box score.

      I thought the hit was clean, the two roughing calls, I believe, were a double minor where he got jumped after he was taken out after a whistle and thrown into the net.

      He is ours now. And we like it.

      • georgejarkko - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        He definitely won’t get the benefit of the doubt from the officials.

        Hopefully he’s matured a bit over the last season or so and you get some good minutes out of him. Myself, I always thought he was a fairly horrid human being, going way back to his days in junior.

    • pfhockey - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      You idiot, Downie played an important role on the bolts, many people/players were sad to see him go.

      • georgejarkko - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        His important role was keeping the bench in the penalty box warm.

        But I guess I would expect a person who resorts to name-calling to miss a guy like Downie.

    • pfhockey - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Shows how much you know about hockey, he is offensively consistent and played a role on the lightning where we lacked hitting, look at us now, we don’t have many forwards that played physical

      • georgejarkko - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        I know enough about hockey to understand he would have been a more effective offensive threat on the ice than in the penalty box.

        I can only imagine the reason you’re so personally offended that my group of friends drank beers to celebrate his regular misconduct penalties is because you bought a Downie sweater and feel like a dummy when you wear it to the Forum. Treat yourself right and get a new one this year. I’m pretty sure Marty jerseys won’t ever go out of style.

      • pfhockey - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        I don’t own a downie sweater but I’m sure he is a player the bolts can use now and if that doesn’t say enough, Yzerman technically traded Downie to get Vasilevski. Ask most of the Avs fans and Bolts fans and they’d tell you Downie was a effective player.

    • zacmelvinmcnutt - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Downie has been less dirty since coming to the Avs while also stepping up his point production, so yeah he is our “problem” now and we’re perfectly fine with that. How’s Kyle Quincy working out for you?

      • georgejarkko - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        I don’t think Downie was dirty, just painfully undisciplined. And as I said earlier, I hope, for Colorado fans’ sake, that he has matured and learns to focus his rage. He can be effective if he figures out where/when to pick his spots.

  4. sampulls - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    MacKinnon, Scheiffle, Truba are the rookie of the year finalist this year.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      I think Torey Krug is going to have something to say about that. This is considered his rookie season.

  5. sampulls - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Is Torey Krug a coach?

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      No, but he’s going to sit back easily being a top 10 scoring defenseman the next 5 years or so..

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        Dude, did you even watch the playoffs last year? The kid was like the hottest story going. Jumped into his 2nd game ever, and had 3 goals in 5 games against King Henrik, and then made the Bruins powerplay at least bearable for this first time since Savard went down.

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