Nathan MacKinnon is just 18 years old but he turned in a veteran performance in Games 1 and 2 of the NHL playoffs. A performance not often seen outside of video games.
MacKinnon is in Arcade mode right now!
— Strombone (@strombone1) April 20, 2014
The top overall pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft had a three-assist night in Game 1 and then followed it up with a record-setting four-point performance in Game 2, including this nifty wrist shot off a pass by Paul Stasny that went right by goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
“Our line was clicking tonight, and those guys made my job easier,” MacKinnon said after Saturday’s victory.
It isn’t easy for a teenager to rack up seven points in their first two playoff games.
Per Elias, Nathan MacKinnon’s 7 points ties record for most in 1st 2 career playoff games w/ Odie Cleghorn (1919) and Barry Pederson (1982)
— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) April 20, 2014
But it could be a harbinger of things to come. Since the salary cap was instituted before the start of the 2005-06 season, just two other teenagers managed to score seven or more points in the playoffs. Jordan Staal scored seven points (six goals and an assist) in 20 games for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 and Tyler Seguin scored seven (three goals and four assists) in 13 games for the Boston Bruins in 2011, who also won the Cup.
No pressure, kid.