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Nathan MacKinnon Makes Avalanche History

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Whether they were fair or unrealistic, the Colorado Avalanche have not lived up to expectations this season. In Patrick Roy’s second year as head coach in Denver the Avalanche have experienced several bright spots which lends to the belief that perhaps this team is not far away from being a threat in the Western Conference.

Sunday night fans at the Pepsi Center witnessed just how explosive and promising this team can be.

The Avalanche toppled the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4, for their fourth win in five games and Nathan MacKinnon registered his first career hat trick. At 19-years and five months, MacKinnon became the youngest player in Avalanche history to record the feat.

Mile High Hat Trick Celebration

Mile High Hat Trick Celebration

The last Colorado hat trick came 258 games ago when Matt Duchene did it in Dallas on November 4, 2011.

“He’s been kind of snake bitten and it was good to see him break out,” Duchene said. “I think it’s going to be huge for us down the stretch if he can continue to produce. A game like that can get you going. I’m really happy for him.”

If Nathan MacKinnon has indeed rediscovered his scoring touch, the Avs, who sit six points behind the Minnesota Wild, are capable of making a furious late-season push for a Wild Card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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