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MacKinnon Named NHL First Star of the Week

Avalanche forward led all players with nine points in three games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Dec. 1, the league announced on Monday.

MacKinnon led all players in scoring during the past week with nine points (three goals, six assists) in three games. His six assists were tied for the most in the league during the period, and he closed the week by recording a total of seven points in the Avalanche's home-and-home set against the Chicago Blackhawks.

MacKinnon registered his third four-point game of the month on Friday in a 5-2 win at Chicago, posting a goal and three assists. In Saturday's rematch in Colorado, he registered a goal and two assists in the Avs' 7-3 victory.

The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native began the week with a goal and an assist on the game-winning tally in the Avalanche's 4-1 victory versus the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. It was the start of Colorado's current three-game winning streak.

Video: CHI@COL: MacKinnon puts home Rantanen's nice pass

MacKinnon is on a seven-game point streak, having registered six goals and 10 assists, and finished the month of November with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 14 games--the most he's ever scored in a month and setting a new franchise record for the highest in the 11th calendar month of the year. On Sunday, he was named the NHL's Second Star for November--the third straight November he's been honored in the league's stars of the month.

The Avs forward leads the team in scoring and ranks tied for fourth overall in the NHL with 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) after 26 games.

Video: COL@CHI: MacKinnon gives Avalanche early lead

This is his sixth Three Stars of the week award of his career and the second of the season after earning Second Star honors on Nov. 17 after producing seven points in three games. This is the first time that MacKinnon has been named the First Star of the week since Feb. 26-March 4, 2018.

Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich was named the league's second star of the week while Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks earned third star honors.

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