Daniel Briere has been known as a clutch performer in his career, typically rising to the occasion in the postseason at dramatic moments.The third game of the season is not quite the playoffs, but for an Avalanche team on the road that came into the day looking for both their first goal and their first win, this is a big one.
They got on the board with a 2-1 win over the Bruins on Monday, but their 0-2 start on back-to-back shutout losses was clearly cause for concern after the young club’s eye-opening playoff performance last spring. "I’m not going to say I’m surprised. I’d be lying if I said that," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "All summer long, everybody said how nice we were, how good we were, how special we were, how everybody was excited about the team, about this year. We kind of forget a bit how hard we worked last year to be the team we were, and that’s what we have to do. We have to regroup."
Peers say MacKinnon is one of the fastest players in the league. In other news, water is wet.
MacKinnon, last year's Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year with 24 goals and 39 assists, might be the best combination of speed and skill the NHL has seen since Pavel Bure.
Hall believes if he raced against MacKinnon and Grabner, something that could potentially happen at the All-Star skills competition in Columbus in January, that the 19-year-old budding Colorado Avalanche star would win.
But Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog pointed out that it's the usefulness of MacKinnon's speed that makes him so dangerous.
The fact that he slammed an opponent's face into the ice on Friday night -- for which he's been suspended a total of 13 games by the American Hockey League -- should be enough to convince you that Trevor Gillies does not belong in professional ice hockey.
But if that's not enough, remember back to two games in the 2010-11 season.
On Feb. 11, 2011, he delivered a vicious elbow to then-Penguins forward Eric Tangradi. As Tangradi grabbed his injured face after the hit, Gillies dropped the gloves and started beating the crap out of him. After Gillies was pulled off of Tangradi and sent to the locker room, he stood just off the ice in the locker room tunnel ... taunting Tangradi.