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Crosby expects 'intense competition' vs. MacKinnon

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

A rookie center from Nova Scotia has put the National Hockey League on notice in the first month of his career.

Sound familiar?

Eight years ago, an 18-year-old Sidney Crosby scored 10 points (two goals, eight assists) through the first eight games of his rookie season. Similarly, the first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, Nathan MacKinnon, has scored seven points (one goal, six assists) in his first eight games with the Colorado Avalanche.

The comparisons between the Nova Scotia natives are natural and will be put on display for the first time when the Avalanche travel to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2).

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory