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 2-0 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 12 months. That is all we speak about, I really feel like,” MacKinnon mentioned to reporters. “I imply, I am going into my ninth 12 months subsequent 12 months and I have not received s—. I am undoubtedly motivated. It simply sucks dropping 4 in a row to a group.
“You realize, it felt like final 12 months was our first actual probability to win, and this 12 months I assumed we had been the perfect group within the league. For no matter motive, we simply could not get it collectively. I am certain in coaching camp subsequent 12 months we’ll determine it out and dissect issues and are available again higher.”
Actually, MacKinnon has some extent about Colorado. They tied for the NHL-high in whole factors in the course of 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.
Nevertheless, 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 mentioned in a one-word response to Dater’s jumbled question earlier than mumbling some issues below his breath.
And MacKinnon shut down questions in regards to the group’s protection being an issue after one other reporter requested about what they might repair subsequent 12 months.
“We’re the perfect defensive group within the league in a number of classes this 12 months, in order that’s not it both. Like I mentioned, we received placed on our heels in Video games 3 and 4. These guys are a very quick, huge group and so they buzzed us exhausting,” MacKinnon mentioned. “We have got a number of warriors in our dressing room, in order that’s not it both.”
Regardless of the Avalanche’s drawback is, they’re going to have the offseason to determine it out. Nevertheless it’s comprehensible why MacKinnon was pissed off after the loss, particularly given the way in which that Colorado’s sequence lead quickly deteriorated.