April 22, 2024

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Not so fast, Auston Matthews! Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon is going to make NHL’s Hart Trophy race a photo finish.

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If Cale Makar is the hammer, Nathan MacKinnon is the chisel. The sword that carves NHL defenses open. The blade that scares the living snot out of opposing coaching staffs. A foil that cuts best-laid plans into tiny ribbons in one fell swoop.

“I mean, I get to see it every day with Auston (Matthews),” Toronto winger and hat-trick birthday boy Tyler Bertuzzi said after his Maple Leafs rallied for a 4-3 win at Ball Arena Saturday night, handing the Avalanche its first home loss since Jan. 6.

“But obviously, MacKinnon’s an unbelievable player. So yeah, it’s fun to watch.”

With that, Bertuzzi flashed a gap-toothed smile, tilted a sopping head and laughed. Nervously. It was the chuckle of a man who knew he just got away with something.

“Sometimes, it’s tough to watch…

Sean Keeler

2024-02-24 19:53:52

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