We finish our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting Nathan MacKinnon‘s game-winning goal against the Minnesota Wild in game five of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Just like in game one, the Colorado Avalanche needed some late game heroics to defeat the Minnesota Wild in game three of the playoffs. Down a goal with less than two minutes remaining, head coach Patrick Roy pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for the extra attacker. Nathan MacKinnon used his speed to get into the zone and thread a pass to Paul Stastny, who put the puck on net. Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper made the initial save, but kicked the rebound to P.A. Parenteau, who put the puck in the net to tie the game and send it to overtime. At 3:27 into OT, MacKinnon found a bouncing puck in the slot and wired it over the glove of Kuemper and into the net to give the Avalanche the victory. The rookie proved that as the moment grows bigger, he doesn’t shy away, scoring his first career playoff overtime game-winner. At 18-years old, MacKinnon became the second youngest player in NHL history to score a playoff overtime goal.
Unfortunately the victory, which put the Avalanche up 3-2 in the series, would be the last of the season as the Wild went on to win game six and seven to move on to the second round. While the season ended much earlier than fans would’ve hoped, the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season was one of the most memorable and exciting in a very long time.