Nathan MacKinnon Nets 100th Career Goal and OT Winner

Nathan MacKinnon
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 22: Colorado Avalanche Center Nathan MacKinnon (29) reacts during the NHL regular season game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 22, 2018, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Coal Harbour’s second favourite hockey player is back on the ice, and in a big way. Up until Sunday’s game at home against the Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon hadn’t played since January 30th in Vancouver due to an upper-body injury. Vancouver was the location of MacKinnon’s last away game, a contest which ended in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. As fate would have it, MacKinnon’s first road game back was against Vancouver and it would also take overtime to find a result.

100th Goal for Nathan MacKinnon

A High Scoring Night

Tuesday night’s game was a high scoring endeavour, ending 5-4 in favour of the Avalanche. With none other than freshly healed MacKinnon scoring the overtime winner off of a pass from Tyson Barrie. Barrie had a five-point game, while Mackinnon had four points on the night.

Not only was MacKinnon’s one-timer the overtime winner, but it was also his first ever goal scored in Vancouver. To top it all off, it was MacKinnon’s 100th career goal. To do it in a building which has always held him scoreless, and was the site of a recent injury must feel extra special.

It Wasn’t All Gravy

If you look at the other bench Nikolay Goldobin of the Canucks had a two-point night. Despite MacKinnon being on the ice for more goals against than Goldobin was, MacKinnon clearly made more of a positive difference for his squad.

The Avalanche currently have a 5-5-0 record in their last 10 games. They likely want to improve their record as they sit three places below a wild-card spot. Now that Nathan MacKinnon is back in action there’s hope that he can pick up right where he left off, and continue to be a top producer for his team.

Mackinnon and the Avalanche will continue their western Canada road trip with a visit to Edmonton on Thursday at 9:00 pm EST, followed by Calgary on Saturday at 4:00 pm EST.


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