Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon extends his crushing winning streak

Nathan MacKinnon scored a point in his 33rd consecutive home game to open the season Friday with an easy 6-1 victory for the Colorado Avalanche over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

MacKinnon ties Wayne Gretzky for the second-longest home point streak in NHL history. Gretzky holds the record for longest streak, 40 games in 1988-89. MacKinnon surpassed Guy Lafleur, who scored a point in 32 consecutive games in Montreal in 1978-79.

The Avalanche recorded their eighth consecutive victory.

Mikko Rantanen scored two goals, his 38th and 39th of the season, as well as picking up an assist. MacKinnon and Cale Makar each had a goal and an assist, scoring their 43rd and 18th goals of the season, respectively.

Alexandar Georgiev made 23 saves, Jonathan Drouin assisted on two goals and Ross Colton and Valeri Nichushkin scored for the Avalanche, who outshot them 51-24. Notably, the Avalanche won 22-7 in this department in the second half.

Elvis Merzlikins gave way six times to this volley of gunfire.

Trailing 1-0 after Damon Severson’s goal, the Avalanche scored six straight goals.

MacKinnon scored on a breakaway with 6:01 left in regulation. He also received an assist. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 45 pucks.

Colton scored the game-winner and Rantanen doubled the Avalanche’s lead 1:24 later in the second period.

Rantanen is just four points away from achieving a second consecutive 100-point season.

Benn and the stars add to the penguins’ problems

Jamie Benn scored two goals 1:17 apart in the second period and the Dallas Stars defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.

The Stars captain now has 15 goals this season, including six in his last eight games.

Michael Bunting scored on the Penguins’ third shot. Rickard Rakell was also correct in defeat.

Jake Oettinger stopped 20 pucks for the Stars.

The Penguins are 2-10-2 in their last 14 road games.

Joe Pavelski scored his 25th goal of the season to tie the score in the first half.

Jason Robertson had two assists, raising his total to 48 this season, to record his fifth game with at least two points in his last seven outings.

Tristan Jarry gave way to Alexander Nedeljkovic after Sam Steel’s goal early in the third period. Jarry allowed four goals on 20 shots.

Guenther causes the seventh consecutive defeat against the Kraken

Dylan Guenther ran past the goalie alone and scored the winning goal 4:12 into overtime and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Seattle Kraken 2-1.

The Kraken lost a seventh consecutive game.

Clayton Keller tied the score with 1:08 left in regulation for the Coyotes, scoring his 29th goal of the season.

In net, Karel Vejmelka blocked 26 shots in the victory.

Rookie Ryker Evans scored for the first time in his career in the third period.

Joey Daccord made 19 saves for the Kraken.

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