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Video: Nathan MacKinnon’s first career playoff goal is gorgeous

Apr 19, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

If Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon is experiencing any playoff jitters, he sure is converting that nervous energy into outstanding results.

It’s still early in Game 2, yet the top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft already has four playoff points. He generated three assists in Game 1 and topped himself with an ankle-breaking move to score an absolute beauty for his first career playoff goal:

For all that’s been (fairly) made about the Avalanche arguably being as lucky as they are good, it’s easy to forget that MacKinnon has blossomed from a good player early in his first season to a legitimate star down the stretch.

Update: Late in the second period, MacKinnon added two assists so he’ll finish the night with at least six playoff points. He’s 18.

Another update: MacKinnon grabbed an assist on an empty-netter, giving him an absurd seven points in his first two playoff games.

  1. lowenni - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    This guy’s gonna be something special. Few players can match his speed, smarts, skills, and drive together. Crosby is really the only one. Duchene maybe. Gaborik is at his speed but has no drive. Avs fans must be excited about a damn bright future.

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Fvck Colorado why couldn’t you have taken Jones so Florida could have this kid. You already had Sakic and Forsberg. So selfish.

    • cordellanderson - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Says the one Florida Panthers fan ever.

  3. robertb655 - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Go ahead and tack on two more assist also. Six points and five periods arent even over yet, not bad for an 18 year old!

  4. Professor Fate - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Seven points in two games. If Minnesota doesn’t come up with a defensive scheme to neutralize this guy this series will be over soon.

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