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Avalanche make emphatic return home

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The Colorado Avalanche certainly know how to hold a house party.

Playing at Pepsi Center for the first time in two weeks, forwards Nathan MacKinnon (one goal, four assists) and Mikko Rantanen (one goal, three assists) had career highs for points in a game and Gabriel Landeskog scored his first NHL hat track in a 6-2 win against the Washington Capitals.

The Avalanche, playing their first game since being swept by the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden, last weekend and their first home game since a 5-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 2, improved to 6-1-1 at Pepsi Center this season.

At 22 years, 76 days, MacKinnon become the youngest Avalanche player to have five points in a game since Paul Stastny did it against the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 9, 2007 when he was 21 years, 347 days old, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


Rally big win

The Arizona Coyotes picked up their first regulation win of the season with a 5-4 victory at the Montreal Canadiens, and they did it in historic fashion. The Coyotes won despite trailing 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3, marking the first time they rallied from at least one goal down three times and won since a 5-4 shootout win against the Anaheim Ducks on March 4, 2013.


Great for a Luong time

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for his 74th NHL shutout in a 2-0 victory against the San Jose Sharks. He did it spectacular fashion, throwing in a highlight-reel stop on Timo Meier.


Blocker party

Stop what you are doing right now and watch Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray absolutely rob Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman of a goal by diving across the crease and dropping his stick to stop the puck with the gloved side of his blocker. The Penguins won 3-1 thanks in part to Murray's 21 saves.


Lightning storm

No one is playing better hockey than the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and that continued Thursday with an offensive outburst against their former goalie, Ben Bishop, and the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 win.

Knights still golden

The Vegas Golden Knights were supposed to take some lumps in their inaugural season. Their start was historic. And now, here we are nearing Thanksgiving and they are still winning games.


Blink and you missed it

The New York Islanders scored twice in 36 seconds in a 6-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Don't believe it? See for yourself.


Good dog!

Charlie, a black Labrador retriever from the America's VetDogs charity, dropped the ceremonial first puck at Barclays Center for a Military Appreciation Night hosted by the Islanders.


Back with a better mask

Goalie Malcolm Subban returned to practice with the Golden Knights for the first time since he was injured on Oct. 21, and he had a shiny new mask to show off.


Tribute to the trilogy

The Cincinnati Cyclones will celebrate the anniversary of "The Mighty Ducks" by wearing versions of the three jerseys featured in the three movies during an upcoming game.

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