April 16, 2024

Nathan MacKinnon’s home points streak ends as Avalanche fall to Rangers

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon‘s 35-game home points streak ended Thursday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers at Ball Arena.

MacKinnon, who has 29 targets and 77 points at home this season, completed with the second-longest home points streak in NHL historical past behind Wayne Gretzky, who set the mark at 40 video games through the 1988-89 season. Also ending was MacKinnon’s 19-game points streak, which was his second such streak of the season. It was additionally the primary time in NHL historical past that one participant had two 19-game level streaks in a season.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar stated after the sport that the crew would take a look at offering proof to the NHL that MacKinnon ought to have been credited with an help that tied the rating at 2-2 with 7:13 left in regulation.

The Avalanche have been within the Rangers’ zone when MacKinnon delivered a move to Devon Toews for a one-timer from the purpose. It initially appeared that Toews’ shot was stopped by Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin with Jonathan Drouin gathering the rebound and scoring the game-tying aim.

The aim was deemed an personal aim that was credited to Toews, with one other angle of the aim revealing Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren appeared to have been the final one who touched the puck earlier than it went within the web.

“There is a process,” Bednar stated. “You can look at it if you have video proof that there’s an assist, and he would get one.”

When requested if the crew would undergo that course of, Bednar stated, “Yeah, we can look at it.”

Avs defenseman Cale Makar stated he was shocked to study MacKinnon was not credited with an help on the game-tying aim.

“It’s one game,” Makar stated. “I think it’s not like he took the night off. I feel like he was finding ways to generate and stuff like that. Just sometimes, those bounces don’t go your way.”

MacKinnon, who didn’t meet with the media after the sport, completed with 5 pictures whereas logging 27:53 in ice time over 30 shifts.

Four of MacKinnon’s shifts got here in additional time. While it has develop into widespread for MacKinnon to be utilized in additional time, Bednar was requested if there was some motivation to get MacKinnon additional ice time to lengthen the shift.

“I don’t think about the streak while we’re playing,” Bednar stated. “But certainly, we’ve been trying to keep it going. As a group, I think everyone’s excited for it. In overtime, usually with Nate, he’s going until he tells me he needs a breather or if I’m reading it, he needs a breather. … He’s our most dangerous guy, right? Out of the forward group especially. I like to move him around with a couple different guys.”