The Colorado Avalanche have had a bit of trouble as of late and earlier this week it boiled over on the bench when Nathan MacKinnon was caught yelling at head coach Jared Bednar.

On Friday, MacKinnon explained himself. The all-star says that he was upset that Bednar did not pull goalie Semyon Varlamov when the team was down a pair of goals late in the game.

“That’s unacceptable on my part. I can’t be doing that stuff,” MacKinnon told media in Montreal. “I was just really frustrated, but I love playing for Bedsy.”

Television cameras caught MacKinnon yelling at Bednar and throwing a water bottle Wednesday night during a 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames. During the fit, MacKinnon was seen saying “do your (expletive) job” to his coach.

The Avalanche’s alternative captain says that he and Bednar talked following the game and that they have moved on from the ordeal.

Bednar also said that he has moved past the incident, adding the raw emotion from MacKinnon is what he likes most about the centre.

“All of us, at the time, we’re frustrated… To me (the outburst) didn’t bother me at all. That’s what I love about Nathan,” the Avs coach said Friday. “And about certain guys on our team is the fire and passion and emotion they play with, they have. That’s what you need in this game… that’s what makes him so good, so I never want to curb that.”

Colorado is 2-6-2 in their last 10 games and find themselves battling for a wild card spot in the Western Conference. They will continue their current five-game road trip against the Canadiens on Saturday before making stops in Toronto and Ottawa.