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MacKinnon Named NHL's Second Star of November

Avalanche forward shared the league lead in scoring with 23 points in the month

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has been named the NHL's Second Star for the month of November, the league announced on Saturday.

MacKinnon finished the 11th month of the year with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists), tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov for the league lead. His 23 points equals the Avalanche record for scoring in the month, as Peter Forsberg also had 23 in 1995-96.

He had nine multi-point performances during the month, including six consecutive contests where he recorded multiple points from Nov. 18-28. MacKinnon netted six goals and added nine helpers in that stretch.

At the same time that MacKinnon was consistently recording multiple points, Rantanen was also doing the same thing. The duo shared the streak and became just the fifth set of teammates in the last 30 years to have simultaneously posted multiple points in six or more games, the first since Buffalo's Alexander Mogilny and Pat LaFontaine from Dec. 31, 1992 - Jan. 10, 1993.

Video: DAL@COL: Rantanen feeds MacKinnon for opening goal

The six straight outings with more than one point ties a Colorado record (since 1995-96). Joe Sakic also had a streak of six straight multi-point games from March 2-14, 2000 and Oct. 9-22, 1997 and Forsberg did the same from Oct. 25 - Nov. 5, 1995.

The 23-year-old forward registered a goal and three assists for his first four-point night of the season on Nov. 28 in Colorado's 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He had two, two-goal outings this month, the first coming on Nov. 2 at the Vancouver Canucks and the second in Colorado's 3-2 win at the Nashville Predators on Nov. 27.

Video: COL@NSH: MacKinnon snaps PPG past Rinne

He has helped Colorado earn a point in each of its last 10 contests and go 8-3-3 in the month to tie the Predators for first place in the Western Conference with 35 points.  

Overall for the 2018-19 campaign, he ranks second in the NHL with 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 26 games, behind only linemate Mikko Rantanen who has 42.

He skated in his 400th NHL game on Nov. 30 against the St. Louis Blues and now has 344 points (132 goals, 212 assists) in those contests.

This is MacKinnon's second NHL Three Stars of the month honor as he was named the league's First Star in November 2017. It is the eighth time the Avalanche has had a player receive the accolade, with Rantanen being named the NHL's First Star last month.

Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine was named the NHL's first star for November and the Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury earned third star honors.

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