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Avalanche's MacKinnon looks to maintain playoff dominance in Round 2

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26.04.2019

SAN JOSE – Just how Great is Nate?

One week after he dominated a five-game series over the Calgary Flames, Nathan MacKinnon will get another chance to answer that question.

In the midst of playing perhaps the best hockey of his career, the 23-year-old Colorado Avalanche star will face a San Jose club still coming down from the shock, high and exhaustion of its first round war with Vegas.

Those who watched him pick up eight points against Calgary wonder if it was an inexperienced Flames club that allowed him to look so good, or if he’s simply taking the next step in a career that already includes a Hart Trophy nomination.

Or are the Avs that dangerous?

Flames players punctuated their loss by crediting MacKinnon for being everything from a “beast” who “took over the series,” to being called one of the game’s top three players alongside Connor McDavid and fellow Cole Harbour, N.S. product Sidney Crosby.

Few would argue against the notion he’s the best player left in these playoffs.

After running over the West’s best team, which included Norris frontrunner Mark Giordano, the 99-point man will try to keep his first extended playoff run going against the Sharks top duo of Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Norris........

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