Apparently not even Skittles could help the Predators slow down Avalanche star defenseman Cale Makar throughout his dominant performance in Colorado's first-round sweep over Nashville.
In the final minutes of the third period of Game 4, someone in the crowd pelted candy at Makar, who spoke about the incident after Colorado’s series-closing win.
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“Yeah, the building was really great tonight up until the end, people were throwing Skittles at me during the play, so not too sure why. But other than that the fans were really loud tonight,” Makar said.
“It was just like in the last minute of the game. A couple Skittles were hitting me. They don’t have Smarties in the States, I don’t think,” the Canadian blueliner added. “So it must have been Skittles.”
Though, obviously, hurling candy at an opposing player is a pea-brain move, it's easy to understand why Preds fans would be frustrated at how things played out over the last four games. Makar produced 10 points, including an OT winner, while putting up the hottest offensive four-game start to a postseason by any defenceman in NHL history.
Makar’s dominance frustrated Nashville and its fans, but he sure impressed the Avalanche and theirs.
“He might be the best player in the league right now,” star forward Nathan MacKinnon said in praise of his young teammate after Colorado’s 5-3 win.
MacKinnon, who put up five goals and six points in the short series, was probably glad Makar didn't celebrate the sweep by eating any of those delicious Skittles off the ice, as I don't think those would be featured in any part of The Nate MacKinnon Nutrition Plan.
The Avalanche await the winner of the Blues-Wild series in the next round, as Game 5 goes Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota all tied up 2-2.
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