Nathan MacKinnon wanted nothing to with this press conference.
The Colorado Avalanche power forward got testy with reporters after his season came to an end Thursday evening. The Avs lost Game 6 to the Vegas Golden Knights by a 6-3 score. The Avalanche entered the postseason with the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record during the regular season.
MacKinnon clearly didn’t want to field questions from reporters after the season-ending loss. Can you really blame him? It also didn’t help that the questions weren’t the brightest.
MacKinnon brushed off the first question with a “whatever” before fielding a question about the future. “I’m going into my ninth year next year and haven’t won sh*t”, said MacKinnon.
The funniest part of the entire thing was when reporter Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now asked a ridiculous question to MacKinnon. Dater asked if the Avs should just say f**k it and go win the entire thing next year without really thinking about it. MacKinnon’s dumbfounded “no” response was gold.
Nathan MacKinnon's Game 6 post-game press conference was something. "I'm going into my ninth year next year and haven't won sh*t" pic.twitter.com/0yBiQzxBpW
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) June 11, 2021
“I thought we were the best team in the league this year”, said MacKinnon. “For whatever reason we just couldn’t get it together..”
MacKinnon concludes the playoffs with eight goals and 15 points in 10 games. He was shutdown by Mark Stone and held to just two assists in the final four games of the second round. The two forwards shared a special moment in the handshake line.
It’s hard enough for players to speak with reporters after season-ending losses. And when the questions are that bad, it just makes it worse. You have to feel for the Avalanche’s franchise player.