Cale Makar wasted little time Monday night proving if he was ready for his Avalanche and NHL debut against Calgary in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The kid can play.
Just 16 minutes into the first period, with Colorado leading 2-0 inside the Pepsi Center, forward Nathan MacKinnon dropped the puck off to a streaking Makar who received it in the high slot of the offensive zone while draped by Flames forward Mikael Backlund. Makar fought off the last-minute defense and snuck the puck past the left pad of Calgary goaltender Mike Smith.
CALE MAKAR in his FIRST NHL GAME!#CGYvsCOL here: https://t.co/X4e45rkLS4 pic.twitter.com/ju9gGP0f2b
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 16, 2019
Makar is only the seventh player in league history to score a playoff goal in his NHL debut.
The Avalanche led 3-0 entering the second period.
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