MacK­in­non con­tin­ues scor­ing tear for Canada

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY CAROL SCHRAM

Nathan MacK­in­non ex­pects to cool off at some point at the world hockey cham­pi­onship. Even if that hap­pens, that doesn’t mean Canada’s of­fence will be any less dan­ger­ous.

MacK­in­non and Bray­den Point had two goals each to fuel Canada’s 6-0 win over Be­larus at the world hockey cham­pi­onship on Mon­day.

MacK­in­non had a hot hand for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game and moved into the tour­na­ment lead with five goals. He scored a hat trick and added an as­sist in Canada’s 7-2 win over Slove­nia on Sun­day.

He’s not the only one putting up big num­bers for Canada. MacK­in­non, line­mate Jeff Skin­ner and de­fence­man Tyson Bar­rie each have seven points through three games. Travis Konecny and Claude Giroux are right be­hind with six points.

“With the line­mates I have (Giroux and Skin­ner), the power play we have, the op­por­tu­nity I’m get­ting from the coach­ing staff, ev­ery­one makes it easy for me,” MacK­in­non said. “Other guys will step up. I’m not go­ing to get three or four points ev­ery night. I’m try­ing to play well both ways and see what hap­pens.”

Point was named Canada’s player of the game af­ter scor­ing his sec­ond and third goals as part of Canada’s “Kid Line” while his line­mates Mitch Marner and Konecny each col­lected two as­sists on a line that is show­ing im­pres­sive early chem­istry.

“I’m just get­ting them the puck,” said Konecny. “The passes are noth­ing spe­cial, to be hon­est. They’re play­ing re­ally good and they’re fin­ish­ing all the plays.”

“The kids are all right,” added coach Jon Cooper af­ter the game. “I can’t sit here and pin­point one guy that has been the en­gine that’s driven that bus.

“All three of them have just meshed to­gether. I know that any time our team has maybe had a lit­tle bit of a lull, that line has sparked us.”

Skin­ner and Giroux also scored for Canada.

Play­ing with­out in­jured for­ward An­drei Kos­tit­syn and Cana­dian-born net­min­der Kevin La­lande, the Be­laru­sian team played a con­ser­va­tive de­fen­sive game de­signed to limit scor­ing chances.

Net­min­der Mikhail Kar­naukhov made 39 saves but was ex­posed on MacK­in­non’s first goal, a power-play wrist shot from the top of the left cir­cle that beat him high to the glove side and put Be­larus down 2-0 at the 4:20 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod.

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