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MacKinnon, Avs shine against Wild, take 2-0 series lead

Apr 20, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

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Few expected Nathan MacKinnon to match the three assists he generated in helping the Colorado Avalanche win Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild. He didn’t in Game 2; instead, he surpassed that output, generating a beautiful goal and three assists for a four-point masterpiece that is prompting onlookers to throw the words “Hall of Fame” around.

The prodigious 18-year-old may or may not be matching the special things Sidney Crosby did at that same age, but the Avalanche probably don’t care with a 2-0 series lead against the Wild thanks to a 4-2 win. It’s also easy to overlook slightly less sexy storylines; Paul Stastny is having a magical run of his own, as he followed up his Game 1 heroics with a one-goal, three-assist night of his own.

The Wild must be merely happy to move the series back to Minnesota. They might have questions in net after the Avalanche chased Ilya Bryzgalov, but either way, they need to find a way to slow down this Colorado attack.

(Perhaps having the last change and a refuge from the high elevation may do the trick?)

The luckiest group in Game 2 wasn’t the Avalanche, it was the officials. P.A. Parenteau can attest, as he was the centerpiece of two controversial moments in the wild third period. Despite being clearly cut by an errant stick, officials didn’t call a penalty, let alone a double-minor. If that wasn’t enough, some argue that officials botched an offside call that erased a Parenteau empty-netter.

With a Wild goal moments later, what could have been a 4-1 lead was instead a suddenly nervous 3-2 situation. Those with whistles had to be a little relieved that the Wild’s comeback bid fell short, then.

Either way, the Avalanche and their young scorers are riding quite the high right now. It’s up to Minnesota to make a series out of this one starting with Game 3 on Monday.

  1. govtminion - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    OK, so Wild fans had a point last time- they controlled that game, and it just slipped away at the very end. The Avs stole game one.

    …This one? Not so much. That was a coming out party for that Avs top line- some of the moves they put on were just ridiculous. That second Landeskog goal had two jaw-dropping moves on the same play- one along the boards to set it up, and then the shot itself… I almost felt bad for Bryz, he didn’t have a chance there. Not sure any other goalie in the league would have either.

    This team is just fun. Loving this. Colorado is BACK!

  2. polegojim - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Yes… This should make those Wild fans happy.

    Avs controlled most of the game… and won.

    Don’t think its over though… this Wild team should win at least one on home ice.

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      You’re right, I am in a significantly better mood after this one.
      Game 1 was not unlike watching the USA Women’s Hockey team lose the Gold Medal game, for those that know what I’m talking about.

      Many of the same awful characteristics
      – 3rd period dominated by the uncool team
      – barely missed empty netter by the cool team
      – uncool team scores in waning seconds of 3rd to bring it to overtime
      – same uncool player scores in OT

  3. zacmelvinmcnutt - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Alrighty then, Come on out you air-headed mild fans. Looking forward to whatcha gotta say this time, I could go for a laugh

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Women’s rights.

    • clarke16 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Sure–I can wait to offer my comments until you put your magnifying glass away, get done with the chuckles and pull your pants back up…

    • mp1131211 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      ?? Uh… the announcing sucked? I dunno what you want to hear. Avs played fantastic! Wild didn’t. Is that funny?

  4. polegojim - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Wait… Where’s slickvb???

  5. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Wild win the next two on home ice. Then it’s a three game series and I like our chances.
    Glad kuemper got a chance to shake the dust off, but I have no idea who they start in the next game.

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      They start Kuemper, he looked confident and quick. He didn’t face any outrageous plays like Bryz did, but he didn’t let anything in either. He’s also the future starter, so he’s got that going for him. Bryz is just a rental.

  6. clarke16 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    They’ll go with Kuemper…

  7. Professor Fate - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Yes, the refs made it unnecessarily close with two blown calls near the end. The worst part was listening to the TV announcers sticking to their claim that the offsides call on the first empty-netter (that would have made it 4-1) was right despite looking at the same replay we saw.

    No matter, it turned out the way it should have and watching the Avs top line is a blast. Don’t see how a lower elevation is going to make the Wild defensemen faster.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:39 AM

      I found it kind of funny how when they saw the call was clearly wrong they could only backtrack half-way, with “wow” and “close”.

  8. lowenni - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    MacKinnon’s gonna be something special.

    • avscup - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Correction…IS something special. 7 points in his first 6 Stanley Cup periods!!!

  9. mrhyperpants - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Wooooooooooooo!

  10. mackattack29 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Mackinnon is looking better and better in the playoffs… you’d think it would be the other way around… that during the regular season he would have it easier and hit a bit of a wall in the playoffs just cuz playoffs are so much faster and more intense, but the kid just feeds off this. He truly does get better as the competition heightens. Idk how anyone couldn’t be entertained watching this avs team.

  11. canada2014gold - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:14 AM

    Being a Canucks fan all I can do is watch playoffs and I just want to thank the Avalanche and their fans for giving me something amazing to watch. Watching these performances is a lot of fun and kinda scary lol.

    • avscup - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Where is tved12? Swallow your keypad? Come on out and play!

      • tved12 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        First I’ll ask, why are you replying to this guys comment looking for me? Is he supposed to be my keeper?

        The Avs played a great game in game 2, they won their 2 home games like they’re supposed to. Would you like a pat on the back?

        Did the rules change recently? I believe it takes 4 wins to take a series so there’s still plenty of hockey left.

  12. mcphillthy - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    I’m a Philly fan but I love watching the avs. I’ve been a fan since the Forsberg, sakic, deadmarsh days.
    I love Patrick Roy and what he has done for this team is amazing. Easily the COTY.
    Plus them picking McKinnon over Jones was genious.
    I love to watch this team. Congrats on a strong and YOUNG core. The avs are playing exciting hockey! You’ve got me vote for west coast team this year

  13. phuzzyd - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    MacKinnon’s just too good,
    And Landy’s brining the wood,
    the Wild can’t keep pace with their line.

    They tried Bryz between the pegs,
    but he whizzed down his legs,
    and got pulled but it wasn’t in time.

    Minny’s down in a hole,
    and their spirits are low,
    while the Mile “High” City feels just fine.

  14. zraskovich - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Spurgeon still trying to skate backwards against MacK…..come on man. Get in the game. The kid is a friggin lightning bolt. Jam him up already….get some better net minding…show Scandella a spare tire reflected in a mirror…and for Pete’s sake, someone break Brodziaks legs before he gets Allowed back on the ice.

    Wild win on Monday. Welcome back Darcy!

  15. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Bryz is terrible! Was good down the stretch but as past shows us he is just awful in the playoffs! We tried to think he could keep it going, that didn’t go well. Avs have something special going and 2 down don’t see us coming back! Yes , I was singing a different tune before game one but u gotta admit, the Avs got there sh!t together and are FAST! Well, here’s to hoping the Wild prevail!! GO WILD!!!

    • clarke16 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      STFU, son… You’re embarrassing the Wild fan base…

  16. avscup - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Thanks to tved12 for the dumbest comment ever.

    “The Avs played a great game in game 2, they won their 2 home games like they’re supposed to. Would you like a pat on the back?”

    He doesn’t realize that without winning a game on the road, a team cannot win a series when they don’t have home ice advantage!

    Go Avs.

    • tved12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      And thanks to avscup for continuing to show their incompetence.

      He doesn’t realize that there are still two games for the Wild to steal one in Colorado. Let me explain to you again, this is a best of 7 series. Hell, I’ll even do the math for you, that means a team has to win 4 games to take the series. Hopefully that’s enough to get it through your skull. If not, you’ll need a professional to help with your level of stupid.

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