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MacKinnon Named NHL's Third Star of the Week

The Avalanche forward recorded seven points in three games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was named the NHL's third star for the week ending on Nov. 19, the league announced on Monday.

MacKinnon recorded seven points (two goals and five assists) and helped the Avs to a 2-1-0 record in three games this past week.

He recorded a career-high five points and four assists in the Avalanche's 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday. It was the most points by an Avalanche player since Dec. 9, 2007 when Milan Hejduk (six) and Paul Stastny (five) recorded that many in a contest versus the St. Louis Blues.

Video: Postgame interview with Nathan MacKinnon

After being held off the scoresheet in Saturday's contest in Nashville, MacKinnon registered both of his points on Sunday at the Detroit Red Wings at a crucial time. He had an assist on the game-tying goal with 45.2 seconds left in the third period and then scored the winning tally at 2:55 of overtime, giving Colorado the 4-3 victory.

It was MacKinnon's third career OT goal and second game-winner of the season. He has six goals and 11 assists in his last nine contests.

Video: COL@DET: MacKinnon snipes one past Howard in OT

The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native leads the team with 22 points and 15 assists, while his seven goals rank second. His 1.16 points-per-game are 13th in the league and eighth among Western Conference skaters.

This is MacKinnon's first-ever NHL's three stars of the week honor, and the team's first since Semyon Varlamov was named the first star for the week of Jan. 18-26, 2016.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen was named the league's first star of the week while Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen earned second star honors.

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