From Nathan MacKinnon doing his thing to some great fashion throwbacks, it was quite the weekend for the NHL at the stunning Lake Tahoe.
Wow, what a couple of days outdoors it was for the NHL, who navigated some adversity in order to put on two pretty decent games on a beautiful outside rink with Lake Tahoe and its mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop. And we also got to witness some more brilliance from Nathan MacKinnon.
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Of course, a lot of the headlines concerning this weekend will focus on the fact that the league had to move the final two periods of the game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche to midnight Eastern Time after the sun caused havoc with the ice, while the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers matchup was also pushed back a couple of times on Sunday.
However, those ragging on the NHL a lot are being a little bit too harsh. I mean, the forecast just got the better of them on Saturday but they adapted, they got the Avs and Golden Knights showdown finished, the game looked great under lights and the Bruins – Flyers contest on Sunday went incredibly smoothly on pretty decent ice while the scenery was stunning.
So, while some will choose to remember the NHL’s bold decision to stage two outdoor games at Lake Tahoe as a failure, I prefer to look back on this weekend as the league attempting to do something different and it largely paying off given some of the spectacles we were treated to.
I mean, we got two brilliant matchups, some sublime moments in both games and some jaw-dropping images that will last forever. It was a memorable weekend for sure, and we’re going to go over our favorite highlights and moments from the two days at Lake Tahoe. Let’s dive right in…
Nathan MacKinnon’s magic, highlights from the NHL’s weekend at Lake Tahoe
Bruins raise the fashion stakes
We were treated to great looks in the NHL all weekend with all four teams wearing their Reverse Retro uniforms, but the Boston Bruins took fashion to a whole new level when they arrived at the rink on Sunday.
Led by Captain Patrice Bergeron, the B’s decided to throw it back to the late 80’s and the early 90’s with their pre-game look and, boy, were the results something else. From neon track suits to fanny packs and David Pastrnak‘s pink goggles that he donned during warmups, the Bruins know how to go all in on a look.
I mean, the images of the players arriving in the brightest 90’s clothing imaginable will live on forever, and there wasn’t a bad look with players wearing rolled up jeans, retro Mighty Ducks jerseys and multi-colored ski jackets. Brad Marchand also took it to the next level with his own personal walkman.
This whole weekend was meant to be about giving the fans something different, something fun in what has been a tough and weird year, and the Boston Bruins certainly embraced that with their pre-game look, which was nearly as electric as their performance on the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers.