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MacK the Knife; Nathan MacKinnon’s bar-down snipe lifts Avs to victory



CHICAGO – What a shot.

That’s why I said right after Nathan MacKinnon’s bar-down, far-post wrist shot that broke a tie game in the second period here Wednesday night. You might have said the same thing, I’m thinking.

For Avs fans, that’s the beauty of having arguably the best player in the NHL on their side, someone who can just change the course of a game with one play. That’s what MacKinnon did at the 7:49 mark of the period, in a game in which the Avs were controlling territorially to that point, but not on the scoreboard.

MacKinnon grabbed Mikko Rantanen’s chip-pass up the wall and put on the afterburners before burying the shot past Corey Crawford. The Avs went on to win the game against Chicago and snap their one-game losing streak. They’ll turn right around and play the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.

I asked MacKinnon if that’s where he wanted to shoot the puck.

“What do you think. Think I was just trying to get it on net from there, Adrian?” he replied.

Yes, MacK was feelin’ it tonight, all right. He is a man with full confidence in himself and his game right now. He has always had unbelievable talent, of course. You don’t get to be a No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft without some.

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