Three rookies scored their first NHL goals last night while Nathan MacKinnon was busy scoring his seventh. In case anyone had forgotten why the Colorado Avalanche made him the top selection at the 2013 draft, he launched a wicked wrist shot by Kari Lehtonen as a reminder.
Talk about picking your spot.
MacKinnon shows a ton of patience and poise on the play. He recognizes that he has time and space, and instead of immediately taking a shot after Matt Duchene finds him with a pass, he waits. Duchene sets a good pick for the youngster, and MacKinnon utilizes the open ice to change the angle of the shot.
There’s also a half-bicycle kick in there for good measure, which causes Lehtonen to hesitate just enough for MacKinnon to take advantage.
The goal was MacKinnon’s 19th point on the year, and he trails only Tomas Hertl in rookie scoring.
Colorado would go on to win the contest by a 6-2 final, flexing a lot of offensive muscle in the process. Paul Stastny erupted for four points on the evening, and the Avalanche secured a victory for the second time in their last three outings. Dallas will have a chance to avenge the loss immediately, as the Avs travel to Texas to finish up the second half of a home-and-home between the two teams.