“This guy is the best player in the National Hockey League right now,” Cherry said on his Coach’s Corner segment during the first intermission of Game 5 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins Friday night. “[He’s] dominating and winning now – he’s like a horse. He sets up goals, he scores goals, he’s a horse like this. He’s the MVP right now of the National Hockey League.”
MacKinnon’s strong play of late is big reason why the Avalanche have the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed Calgary Flames on the brink of elimination right, now with three goals and five points through the four games Colorado’s battled with Calgary so far.
Still though, Cherry might have a point, especially when you consider the fact that MacKinnon and the Avalanche have had to go up against a red-hot Mike Smith who has made 99 saves on the Avalanche over his past two games.