Mackenzie Blackwood
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Rookie goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood has been nothing short of a true hockey player on Retro Night for the New Jersey Devils. 

While New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier is lighting the lamp, goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood has also established his case as the team’s most valuable player for this season.

The rookie goaltender already initiated Calder Trophy nomination talks with his performance in net over the last two months. No. 29 once again broke headlines on Tuesday night vs. the New York Islanders.

What started as an uneventful second period ended with a standing ovation for the 23-year-old at the Prudential Center. Moments after Hischier netted a backhand top-shelf goal to tie the game at 2-2, Blackwood blocked a Ryan Pulock clapper with the chin area of his mask.

The gasps from “The Rock” were apparent after the Devils’ future star goaltender fell immediately to the ice with what appeared to be a serious injury. Blackwood then slowly rose and took off his mask once the play was ruled dead.

The shot was so hard and angled in an odd fashion that it knocked out the goaltender’s teeth. New Jersey’s rookie goaltender portrayed the look of an old fashioned hockey player with the battle scar. Conveniently, it happened to take place on Retro Night – which brought back more memories of the 1980s and ’90s.

The youngster received loud cheers after he threw his mask back on and decided to stay in the game, but that was just the beginning. Blackwood later made a phenomenal sliding save on Islanders forward, Casey Cizikas, who attempted a wraparound.

The save closed out the period and “The Rock’s” crowd rose to its feet to salute its potential Rookie of the Year with a standing ovation.

Now, that’s old-time hockey.

Kyle McKenna is a freelancer who covers the NHL for Elite Sports New York, Hooked On Hockey Magazine & Fansided. Follow him on Twitter @KMcKenna_tLT5 and use the hashtag #McKennasDigest to have your NHL questions featured in an article or answered over his weekly NHL podcast.