Nathan MacKinnon was in no mood to talk much after the defeat of Avalanche at the hands of the Golden Knights.
Vegas won the final four games of the series to send Colorado home after Avalanche built a 2-0 series lead. During his postgame press conference, the four-time All-Star seemed upset and in a state of disbelief that his team had lost the series.
“Of course, there is always next year. That’s all we talk about, I think,” MacKinnon told reporters. “I mean, I’m going into my ninth year next year and I haven’t won anything. I’m definitely motivated. It sucks to lose four in a row against a team.
“You know, I felt like last year was our first real chance to win, and this year I thought we were the best team in the league. For whatever reason, we just couldn’t get together. I’m sure in training camp next year we’ll figure it out. , we will dissect things and come back better. “
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Certainly, MacKinnon is right about Colorado. They tied for the NHL’s highest score in total points during the regular season (82) and swept the Blues in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They had 197 goals scored on the season, the highest in the league, and their offense was clicking through the first six games of the playoffs.
However, they failed in the final stretch and that is what led to their defeat and the team’s frustration with the defeat.
MacKinnon was enraged at some points while answering questions. He was particularly puzzled by this question posed by Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com.
“No,” MacKinnon said in a one-word response to Dater’s confused question before muttering a few things under his breath.
And MacKinnon closed questions about the team’s defense as a problem after another reporter asked what they could fix next year.
“We’re the best defensive team in the league in a lot of categories this year, so that’s not all either. Like I said, we were hot on our heels in Games 3 and 4. Those guys are a great team really fast. And they called us a lot.” MacKinnon said. “We have a lot of warriors in our dressing room, so it’s not like that either.”
Whatever Avalanche’s problem is, they will have the offseason to solve it. But it’s understandable why MacKinnon was frustrated after the loss, especially given the way Colorado’s series lead quickly deteriorated.