Nathan MacKinnon tears into officials after Game 5 loss

The Avs forward lost his cool, but was it justified?



The defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche find themselves on the brink of elimination after they dropped last night's matchup against the Seattle Kraken in Game 5 of their Round 1 Stanley Cup Playoffs series at Ball Arena. 

Seattle was powered by Tye Kartye lightning the lamp in his NHL debut, along with former Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer making 26 saves in the win. For Kartye, he became the 8th player in NHL history to score his first goal in his first playoff game. 

And immediately ahead of Kartye's goal, Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon slammed his stick on the boards in frustration after not getting a tripping call when he appeared to have been clipped by Seattle's Will Borden.

MacKinnon wasn't able to back check quick enough, and before you knew it, the Kraken took the lead that they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the night. And afterward, he voiced his frustration at not getting the call while also admitting that his reaction wasn't the correct move. 

“I get five feet on a guy, and he takes my feet out,” MacKinnon said after Colorado’s 3-2 loss. “I don’t know what to do. It’s not 1975. I feel like that’s a trip.”

“I’ve got to keep my cool there better,” he continued. “I can’t get upset. It’s on me there.”

The Avalanche were already playing without reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winning defenseman Cale Makar, who was suspended due to his hit of Jared McCann in Game 4. 

Both teams will get back at it at Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena tomorrow night starting at 10:00 PM EST. 

Source: The Athletic