Mason McTavish helps Ducks fight past Sharks in OT – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — The most productive night of Mason McTavish’s NHL career began when he went to the Honda Center with Ducks teammate Trevor Zegras, who had to face the music and wear a Team Canada jersey.

It’s all about the never-ending ice hockey rivalry between Canada and the United States – the gift that keeps on giving. Canada defeated the Czech Republic to win the World Junior Championship in overtime on Thursday after reaching the gold medal match with a 6-2 win over the United States. In 2021, Zegras helped the United States win the WJC.

“I loved it,” McTavish said with a big smile. “It was looking good for him. It was nice to see him wearing it.”

A few hours later, McTavish, the WJC hero for Canada in August in Edmonton, had another right to show off with a four-point performance in the Ducks’ 5-4 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday. He scored two goals and added two assists, including the second assist for defenseman John Klingberg’s game-winner after 1:08 of overtime. Klingberg has seven game-winning goals in OT, and this was his first with the Ducks.

For McTavish, it was his first multiple-goal performance in 49 NHL games played, 40 this season and nine in 2021-22. The scoring brought him 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists), just two points behind Matty Beniers, the league’s leading rookie top scorer, of the Seattle Kraken.

“It sure is something special,” said McTavish. “It’s pretty cool every time you score in this league. It’s the best league in the world. A league you grew up with. So it’s always very special when you score a goal and being able to make the difference in the game is pretty good.”

McTavish, 19, is the third teenager to record a multi-goal game with the Ducks. The other two were defenders – Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm. McTavish has been onward and upward (three goals, three assists in two games) since moving up to the top tier earlier this week, putting Adam Henrique and Troy Terry in the spotlight.

“I think the confidence was always kind of there,” he said. “I believe in myself… pretty creative and stuff like that. Also working with the coaches and making videos and gaining their trust and understanding what they want from me. I think that was really big.

“Playing with Terry and Henrique, there is something special about playing with these guys, how smart they are and how well they see the ice. Troy is an all-star, back to back, and I’m just trying to give him the puck.”

McTavish rises to the challenge each time he is given more responsibility.

“He runs with it,” said injured defender Jamie Drysdale. “I’m not surprised. He’s literally always last in practice, him and Z. He’s just working on stuff at the end. I’m just glad he finally has a chance at that top line. It wouldn’t surprise me if if he keeps it up.” Mason McTavish helps Ducks fight past Sharks in OT – Orange County Register

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