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Greatest Moment of 2013-14 Round 1: Roy Rocks the Partition vs. MacK Burns the Isles

We continue with our next match up, a head-to-head between rookie and coach.

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Roy Rocks the Partition (3)

As soon as it was announced that Patrick Roy was going to the be the new head coach for the Colorado Avalanche, stories spread in anticipation of the antics he might bring. Questions loomed about how'd tackle bluelines in practices and how long it would take him to challenge the opposing coach to a bout at center ice. That it happened in the first game was no surprise. Leading up to this moment was a cheap shot on rookie Nathan MacKinnon, and interviews since suggested that Roy had planned this kind of response to the first slight that came his way. Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks generously obliged on opening night, giving Roy the chance to show his team—and the home crowd—that he was 100% behind them.

MacK Burns the Isles (14)

Nathan MacKinnon proved himself to be every bit worth the first overall pick with a plethora of skill that leaves one with not much else to do but shake your head in response. His talent has only scratched the NHL surface, and he's already a mesmerizing force. One play that will never get old is the one where he breaks through the neutral zone, rocketing past opposing players like their skates are stuck in mud. It's a joy to behold. This was one of the first times we were treated to this awesome sight.