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Nathan MacKinnon Should Not Be Fighting

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

On his home ice, surrounded by thousands of Detroit fans that covered the Pepsi Center in a sea of red, young Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon dropped his gloves and fought for the franchise's lost glory.

Less than a minute after the opening faceoff, there was MacKinnon taking punches in the face from Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. Ericsson had run MacKinnon roughshod into the boards, and the 19-year-old Colorado forward was not about to be bullied.

"It was in the heat of the moment, for sure," MacKinnon told me Thursday, admitting that he decided on fisticuffs to settle the dispute. "Right now, I don't feel like fighting anybody. But, it was a big game, and I asked him to fight. He said yes. It was fun."

MacKinnon did what hockey players do: He traded fists to prove his manhood. MacKinnon battled in the grand tradition of the blood feud between the Avalanche and Red Wings....

As the arena shook with an approving roar from a crowd with a lust for blood, here's what struck me: Is a teenager really the toughest man that Roy has got to stand up for team pride? And is MacKinnon really the best shot the Avalanche has of overcoming a wretched start to kick in the back door to the playoffs?

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Watch the fight below...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jonathan+ericsson, nathan+mackinnon

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Down River Dan's avatar

Interesting!!.....The tough “good Canadian boy” ,Wearing a VISOR , asks the “soft European Swede”, sans VISOR,  to dance…and gets owned by Ericsson….....Love it!!

Any tricks left in your coaching bag there Patrick ?????

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/06/15 at 11:43 AM ET

SYF's avatar

“Grand tradition???”

Scusi?  There’s nothing there anymore, Kizsla.  NOT A DAMN THING.

Posted by SYF from Jackie Redmond's blue eyes on 02/06/15 at 11:48 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Look for Don Cherry to ignore this fight on Saturday

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/06/15 at 11:55 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Look for Don Cherry to ignore this fight on Saturday

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/06/15 at 10:55 AM ET

Look for me and nearly every non Canadian to ignore Don Cherry this Saturday.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/06/15 at 11:58 AM ET

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I thought the game was a classic, the fight was a throwback to an earlier time.  We have lost our share of these fights and games, but this one was a well played game.  The guys played with confidence, quite a show for the dads.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 02/06/15 at 12:42 PM ET

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Interesting!!.....The tough “good Canadian boy” ,Wearing a VISOR , asks the “soft European Swede”, sans VISOR,  to dance…and gets owned by Ericsson….....Love it!!

You know that MacKinnon has to wear a visor, right?  And that he was pissed because Ericsson hit him face first into the boards from behind, right?  And that characterizing it as him being “owned” is complete horseshit, right?

Posted by Garth on 02/06/15 at 02:54 PM ET

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