Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon leaves game with injury


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Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon, who’s in the Hart Trophy mix and just went to the All-Star Game, left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury after a collision.

MacKinnon rounded the net and tried to check Alex Edler, but the Vancouver Canucks defenseman braced himself, sending MacKinnon’s helmet flying late in the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss.

Nathan MacKinnon, the #NHL‘s second-leading scorer, has left tonight’s game in Vancouver with a shoulder injury because of this play. https://streamable.com/b6xjt 

The Avalanche forward was holding his shoulder and grimacing on the bench after the play. He went to the dressing room and didn’t return.

Adrian Dater

@adater

Jared Bednar said he has no idea right now, the prognosis for MacKinnon. More tomorrow. I’m hearing it’s left shoulder @BSNDenver

MacKinnon ranks second in the league with 61 points in 49 games. That’s two fewer than his career best. He has propelled the Avalanche from last overall in 2016-17 to one point out of a playoff spot.

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