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Nathan MacKinnon’s Hat Trick Highlights Colorado’s Win Over St. Louis

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

Nathan MacKinnon scored a hat trick and had an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche extended their lead in the Stanley Cup First Round with a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 at Ball Arena on Wednesday.

MacKinnon has scored seven points (five goals, two assists) in the first two games of the best-of-7 series.

"I don't know if I'm at another level or pucks are (just) going in right now, I guess," MacKinnon said. "I mean, all my goals are with great screens in front. [Gabriel Landeskog], Mikko [Rantanen] are beasts down low.

"Without those guys battling and mucking it up in front when I'm up high, those pucks don't go in. Everyone's helping out, for sure."

Joonas Donskoi had two goals and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves for Colorado, the No. 1 seed in the Honda West Division.

"You have to have guys elevating their game this time of year," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "You have to have different guys chipping in and making plays, not just on the offensive side of it, but on the defensive side of it as well. Guys are feeling good with their game."


Highlights are below.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

It was nice to see Nemeth play a significant role for the Avs last night with five hits, three blocked shots and two takeaways in nearly 17 minutes of playing time. Good for him.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/20/21 at 11:03 AM ET


I was going to type the exact same thing!

Looks like Nemeth has moved back in pretty
seamlessly in that role as a big-bodied defensively-focused
veteran to help defend the front of the net, block shots, etc.

Sakic as usual knows what he’s doing and this was a smart way to fill
a support role for a 4th. For a pending UFA who may have had his fill of losing
I’m sure the move was appreciated. A solid player (perhaps from Sweden lol?) is possible in the 4th. Good all around.

Meanwhile apparently Merrill is at least starting with Webber.
Interesting move to sit three of their more talented young players to start.
Guess they are hoping to play lower-event hockey and steal a couple games in goal.
Maybe then the more talented young guys with get a look once the extreme hype and tension has been broken a bit.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/20/21 at 02:48 PM ET

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