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MacKinnon Named NHL First Star of the Week

The 2020 Central Division captain had three goals and five assists in three games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Jan. 5, the league announced on Monday.

MacKinnon tied for the league lead in scoring last week with the Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele after producing eight points (three goals, five assists) in three games. Five of his points came at even strength, while Scheifele recorded four on the power play.

Voted captain of the Central Division for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game later this month in St. Louis, MacKinnon picked up multiple points in each of the three games Colorado played this past week. He scored twice on Tuesday versus Winnipeg on New Year's Eve before registering four points with a goal and three assists on Thursday in a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues; it was the fourth time this season that he recorded four points in a contest.

MacKinnon had two assists on Saturday in the Avs' 5-2 win at the New Jersey Devils to open a three-game road trip. The helpers moved him passed Dale Hunter (464) for eighth place on the franchise's all-time points list. He has 466 points (180 goals, 286 assists) in 498 career games.

The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native ranks third in the NHL scoring race this season with 64 points, one behind leaders Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers. MacKinnon currently ranks fourth in goals (25) and fifith in assists (tied), with his 39 helpers three off the league high.

This is his seventh Three Stars of the week award of his career and the third of the season after being named the Second Star on Nov. 18 and First Star on Dec. 2.

Scheifele was named the NHL's second star for the week, while the Columbus Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski earned third star honors.

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