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Avalanche rookie sets point streak record

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny assisted on a first-period goal Sunday, giving him a point in 18 consecutive games and setting the NHL record for the longest points streak by a rookie.

Stastny, the son of Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, broke the mark of 17 straight set by Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne in 1993 in Colorado's 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota.

"It's something special that I'll look back on probably in the summertime," Stastny said. "But right now it's tough to take after losing 3-2 in a big game for us in overtime."

Just over 15 minutes into the first period, Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Carney took a holding penalty on Joe Sakic to give the Avalanche a power play.

Stastny dumped the puck toward the net moments later and Andrew Brunette corralled it to put a shot on goal. Milan Hejduk cleaned up the rebound and beat goaltender Niklas Backstrom, giving Stastny the second assist.

His streak is the longest by any player in the league this season and the longest since Ottawa's Dany Heatley had a point in 22 straight in 2005.

Rookie point streaks are becoming a Stastny family tradition.

Peter Stastny had a point in 16 straight games for Quebec as a rookie in 1980-81 and Paul's uncle, Marian Stastny, had a point in 13 straight road games as a rookie with the Nordiques in 1981-82, an NHL record also broken by his nephew on Sunday.

"Yeah, our whole family is a proud family, so I'm sure they are keeping tabs," Stastny said.

Paul Stastny's streak began on Feb. 3 against Edmonton. He has eight goals and 18 assists in that span, production that has kept Colorado's faint playoff hopes alive.

The Avalanche are eight points behind Calgary for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with a critical game against the Flames on Wednesday.

"I played with his dad a long time ago and I see where his work ethic comes from," right wing Ian Lapierriere said. "His dad was a workhorse and he wasn't too high or too low and I see that in his son big time."

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