Avalanche morning skate notebook: Colorado ready for Calgary’s skill

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On September 21, 2016, the hockey world was treated to one of the most entertaining games in recent memory. The World Cup of Hockey was being played for the first time since 2004 and in an attempt to ramp up the interest, as well as get more players involved, the NHL decided to put together a team of players aged 23 and younger from either the US or Canada to compete as their own "nation". The team was filled with electrifying young talent and a ton of skill.

The game that day was one that saw Team North America needing a win against a Sweden team that had been perfect so far in the tournament, as their roster featured just as many superstars as any other. An unbelievably entertaining game between two amazing teams, of course, needed a 3-on-3 overtime to decide a winner and it was the Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon that scored a goal so spectacular, that even Minnesota Wild fans couldn't watch it enough.

The finish on the play was so impressive that many people completely forget that the play to set up MacKinnon was almost just as special. A North American forechecker wins a race to a loose puck to save what would've been a clean breakaway, and takes a hit while making a no-look pass to a wide-open MacKinnon.

That forechecker was Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames.

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