We continue our look back at the Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting the first career goal by Nathan MacKinnon.
Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon wasted little picking him his first NHL point, recording an assist in the second period of his first game. It took him a little while longer to get his first goal. Despite a number of good scoring chances in his first few games, the puck just wouldn’t go in the net for the Cole Harbour native. Finally, in the fifth game of the season, MacKinnon scored the first of what is likely to be many NHL goals. It came on the road against the Washington Capitals. With the Avalanche already leading 2-0 and on the power play, MacKinnon found a soft spot in the zone coverage as Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny worked a two man game down low. Stastny quickly found his open teammate and MacKinnon made no mistake on the shot, beating Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth for the goal. MacKinnon’s reaction tells the story as he jumped into the boards with a huge smile on his face and then jumped into Stastny, who set him up and then retrieved the puck for the rookie.
After the game, MacKinnon said about his first goal, “Honestly, I kind of blacked out there. There was so much excitement.”