Colorado Avalanches and Pittsburgh Penguins face off in final game showdown
Penguins Sidney Crosby and Avalanches Nathan McKinnon played side by side at Cole Harbour Bel Ayr Minor Hockey Association based in Nova Scotia. The two attended Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., where they played hockey. Both even spent time at the same Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before being called in the NHL Drafts, being first overall pick. Now they face each other in the big leagues.
The match will be a thrilling one to see both the players face each other and show who is the better one. But they have met before, once. That was on October 21, where the Avalanches emerged victorious with a 1-0 victory.
Avalanches head coach Patrick Roy said that they had been enjoying a very successful year in which they had shown other teams they were capable of standing toe to toe with their talent and prove to be the better ones by winning the match.
"That speaks for the quality of our year. We've played well against everybody, we've showed a lot of consistency all year long . . . We've been in the playoff mode from the first day of the season,” Roy said. “We knew had to approach every game like a playoff game if we wanted to make the playoffs. We had to remain even keel, we had to remain humble. We know how tough our conference is.”
He added that the Penguins had a lot of pride and when they lose they only come back stronger with more determination so they would have to be ready for a tough fight.
"Pittsburgh's a team with a lot of pride," Roy said. "They lost last night 4-0 and nobody likes to lose. And when you lose a game, you expect them to bounce back. Every game means something to any players, and they don't like to lose a game."