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The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1.
I'm not sure I've even been around such a thud of an ending -- in this case, the 5-0 Game 6 loss to the Predators at home that ended the Western Conference first round series -- that was greeted so philosophically, accepted for what it was, even cheered as the final seconds wound down.
Absolutely, this in many ways is a lot more fun than the glory-years seasons because it was so unexpected and the single-season maturation of Nathan MacKinnon from underachiever and disappointment to stardom was so startling.
It has become this simple: If the Avalanche makes the playoffs, pulling off the turnaround of epic proportions after the 48-point nightmare that was 2016-17, MacKinnon is the obvious choice.
The Avs are going into the final 17 games in control of their own playoff spot destiny. That's about all you can ask.
Realistically, if the NHL stays away, the USA should go all the way. Make Team USA all collegians. That's not a second-guess about what USA Hockey did this time. It's a reflection on what it should try next.
Alexander Kerfoot didn't have a point in the Avalanche's first five games minus Nathan MacKinnon, but now has a goal in each of the past two.
The injured Nathan MacKinnon, who skated with the Avalanche at practice in a red/orange non-contact jersey Tuesday at Family Sports Center, will be out of the lineup for the seventh consecutive game Wednesday night against Montreal at the Pepsi Center.
As the Avalanche went into the All-Star break with a two-game losing streak that does nothing to diminish the magnitude of its recovery season (DON'T PANIC!), Nathan MacKinnon headed off to Tampa as Colorado's only representative on the Central Division roster at the All-Star Game. If it could only be one, that choice was obvious, wasn't it? It wasn't a year ago.
Banished since the amazing 112-point season under Patrick Roy in 2013-14 -- an accomplishment diminished by the first-round playoff collapse against the Wild -- the excitement, the energy and the rush to get back aboard the Avalanche bandwagon all have returned in Colorado.