Every great superhero must have a competent villain. As Alfred Hitchcock said, “the more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.”
In this series, the superhero is Nathan MacKinnon. I’d list off all his accolades, but this is a VGK website, so if you really need to know them, Google it. But I will offer up some stats.
MacKinnon has played in 49 playoff games, he has amassed 67 points in them, good for an average of 1.37 per game. He’s scored at least one point in 34 of the 49 games and has multiple points in 20 of them. In the Avs First Round sweep of the Blues, MacKinnon posted six goals and three assists, more than two points per game.
Then, his villain showed up.
No, the villain isn’t the Golden Knights. It’s not a specific line from Vegas, and it’s not even Selke candidate Mark Stone. Instead, it’s the guy standing behind the Golden Knights bench, Pete DeBoer.
After Game 1, when MacKinnon exploded for two goals and an assist to arrive in the series with a true superhero entrance, he’s gone quiet over the past four games, and completely silent in the last three. 0 points in three games.
(Insert creepy laugh from DeBoer)