The Colorado Avalanche launched into 2018 with their own brand of fireworks this past week. While most people were enjoying a relaxing holiday break, the Avalanche went from a Christmas hangover to defeating playoff contenders. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly covers the goods to start off the New Year.

THE GOOD

1. The Avalanche dismantled the New York Islanders. going full throttle in the second period with an avalanche of 23 shots on net, scoring four times. Colorado’s dominant performance nearly overshadowed the post-game fireworks show as the team finished the game with 48 shots, led in blocks and hits, and had 11 players earn points in the contest. New York Islander’s Coach Doug Weight got so frustrated with the game’s progress, he started a fight with the referees in order to get tossed out, attempting to fire up his team. It didn’t work. Can anyone remember the last time a coach resorted to getting thrown out to beat the Avalanche? Me either. What a way to ring in the New Year.

2. Alternate Captain Nathan MacKinnon earned six points in the past week, 46 for the season so far and is tied for fifth place in NHL scoring, sitting in first place for all Western Conference players. Since he earned 53 points in all of last season, it’s worth noting MacKinnon is on pace to set a career high for season scoring. He notched 18 points in the month of December with eight goals and 10 assists. It’s not too late to send him a belated Christmas present or something to celebrate the New Year. Beast mode MacKinnon is worthy of recognition.

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J.D. is a CSU alum who first became entranced with hockey while watching the old Colorado Rockies hockey team. Years of watching, cheering, and a love for intelligent analysis has brought J.D. to BSN Denver. You can follow JD on Twitter at @JDKpirate