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MacKinnon Named NHL's First Star of November

The center registered five goals and 15 assists in the month

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has been named the NHL's first star for the month of November, the league announced on Friday.

MacKinnon finished the 11th month of the year with 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 12 November games, a career high for a single month. He led all NHL players with 15 assists and was tied for first with two overtime tallies.

His 20 points rank first in the league for November, tied with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, although he played four fewer games than McDavid. MacKinnon had a league-best 1.67 points-per-game average and a plus-11 rating.

The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native had seven multi-point games in the month and had a career-high five points (one goal, four assists) in the Avalanche's 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Nov. 16. It was the most points by a Colorado player since Dec. 9, 2007 when Milan Hejduk registered six and Paul Stastny recorded five versus the St. Louis Blues.

MacKinnon, 22, became the fifth player in Avalanche history with a 20-point November. Peter Forsberg registered 23 points and Joe Sakic recorded 20 in 1995. Sakic had 22 in 2000 while Matt Duchene also had 20 points in 2015.

His league-leading 15 assists are the second-most in the month of November in Avalanche history as Forsberg had 17 in 1995. It was the most helpers by an Avs players in a single month since 2002-03 when Forsberg had three different months with at least 15 points.

The 205-pound center leads the team with 28 points and 20 assists, and his eight goals are tied for second on the Avalanche. His 1.22 points per game rank him sixth in the league and third among Western Conference skaters.

MacKinnon now has 234 career points (83 goals, 151 assists) in 323 games played.

He was named the NHL's third star of the week for his play from Nov. 13-19 after recording seven points (two goals, five assists), helping the Avalanche to a 2-1-0 record in three games during that span.

This is MacKinnon's first NHL three stars of the month honor and just the fifth time the Avalanche has had a player named to the NHL's "Three Stars" of the month. It is the team's first since Duchene was named the third star in November 2015.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was named the league's second star of November while Blues forward Brayden Schenn earned third star honors.

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