Nathan MacKinnon wasn’t within the temper to talk a lot after the Avalanche’s defeat by the hands of the Golden Knights.
Vegas received the final 4 video games of the sequence to ship Colorado dwelling after the Avalanche constructed a 2-Zero sequence lead. Throughout his postgame press convention, the four-time All-Star appeared upset and in a state of disbelief that his group had misplaced the sequence.
“For certain, there’s at all times subsequent yr. That is all we speak about, I really feel like,” MacKinnon stated to reporters. “I imply, I am going into my ninth yr subsequent yr and I have never received s—. I am positively motivated. It simply sucks dropping 4 in a row to a group.
“You understand, it felt like final yr was our first actual probability to win, and this yr I assumed we had been the very best group within the league. For no matter cause, we simply could not get it collectively. I am certain in coaching camp subsequent yr we’ll determine it out and dissect issues and are available again higher.”
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Definitely, MacKinnon has some extent about Colorado. They tied for the NHL-high in whole factors throughout the common season (82) and swept the Blues within the first spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They’d a league-high 197 objectives scored on the season and their offense was clicking within the first six video games of the playoffs.
Nonetheless, they faltered down the stretch and that is what led to their defeat, and to the group’s frustration with the loss.
MacKinnon boiled over at factors whereas answering questions. He was notably baffled by this query posed by Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com.
“No,” MacKinnon stated in a one-word response to Dater’s jumbled question earlier than mumbling some issues below his breath.
And MacKinnon shut down questions concerning the group’s protection being an issue after one other reporter requested about what they might repair subsequent yr.
“We’re the very best defensive group within the league in a whole lot of classes this yr, in order that’s not it both. Like I stated, we obtained placed on our heels in Video games three and 4. These guys are a very quick, large group they usually buzzed us exhausting,” MacKinnon stated. “We have a whole lot of warriors in our dressing room, in order that’s not it both.”
Regardless of the Avalanche’s downside is, they will have the offseason to determine it out. Nevertheless it’s comprehensible why MacKinnon was annoyed after the loss, particularly given the way in which that Colorado’s sequence lead quickly deteriorated.