DENVER — Brayden McNabb made his first appearance of the West Division final in the Golden Knights’ Game 4 victory Sunday.
Before that, the defenseman went through a unique set of steps to return from his positive test for COVID-19.
McNabb was in Minnesota before Game 6 against the Wild when he was notified of the result and had to quarantine immediately, according to coach Pete DeBoer. He was placed on the NHL’s list of COVID protocol-related absences May 26.
After the Knights’ loss, DeBoer said, McNabb had to travel to Las Vegas on his own rather than with the team. Once at home, he had to quarantine again until he was cleared to return.
McNabb hadn’t practiced with the team since he tested positive before playing Sunday. He paired with Shea Theodore and dished out four hits in 17 minutes of ice time while helping the Knights keep Colorado’s vaunted power play off the board on its two chances.
“He played a great game for us. He helps us in so many ways,” DeBoer said. “We missed him, particularly on the penalty kill, in the time he was out. You forget that there were (five) tough playoff games that he missed.”
With McNabb available, Nick Holden was scratched after he played the past eight games and produced five assists, tied with Alex Pietrangelo for the team lead among defensemen. DeBoer praised Holden’s contribution during the postseason.
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