Cale Makar played with a burr under his saddle last night. At the end of regulation against the New York Rangers, Makar shot the puck on goal a second or two after the final horn sounded. That immediately set Mika Zibanejad into action, skating over to Makar and trying to give him a shove or two and a facewash.
Makar would have none of it. He gave Zibanejad a hard jab of his stick into his legs, and gave a shove to his face with a glove. About 40 seconds prior, Makar was foiled on what would have been the game-winner by Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin. Makar made a great, patented move creating more space for himself in slot area and tried to pick the right hand corner with a shot, in overtime.
Shesterkin came way out of his net and made the glove save, and gave it a bit of flourish, a la Patrick Roy or Marc-Andre Fleury.
Cale Makar seemed a bit salty after the game still. Here’s what he said after the game on that save by Shesterkin (hat tip to Jesse Montano for getting video on this that we didn’t get): “I mean, for me, I just walked over to the slot, made a good shot and I mean he’s…their goalie is all about the show, so it went straight in his glove and nice little windmill there, so…”
Too bad these teams won’t meet again in the regular season.
The reigning Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe winner chirping the reigning Vezina Trophy winner. I love it. Cale is not the cheery, apple-cheeked rosy-demeanor guy many might think he is. Don’t be fooled by that. Inside, he’s a killer. That’s how he’s in the position he’s in, in life.
And, Avalanche fans are eternally grateful.