The Colorado Avalanche top line of center Nathan MacKinnon and forwards Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog had another big game Friday, combining for 10 points in a come-from-behind 6-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Pepsi Center.
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Rantanen scored one goal and had three assists and leads the NHL with 20 points (five goals, 15 assists). MacKinnon and Landeskog each had three points (one goal, two assists), helping Colorado rally after trailing 2-0 and 3-1. Rantanen scored at 14:32 of the second period to make it 3-2; it was the first of five consecutive goals by the Avalanche (7-2-2), who are tied with the Nashville Predators (8-2-0) for the most points in the NHL (16).
Rantanen and Landeskog are tied for the NHL lead in plus-minus at plus-14; MacKinnon is third at plus-12.
Video: OTT@COL: Landeskog roofs wrister to take lead in 3rd
Only once in the previous 11 seasons has a player reached 20 points in fewer team games than Rantanen (11). Steven Stamkos (20 points; three goals, 17 assists) did it in 10 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.
Rantanen also leads the NHL with 15 assists. That's tied for the third-most by an Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques player in the month of October, behind Hockey Hall of Famers Peter Stastny (21 in 1983-84, Nordiques) and Joe Sakic (16 in 1996-97, Avalanche).
MacKinnon and Landeskog each scored his ninth goal of the season in the third period to move one behind center Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins, who share the NHL lead with 10.
Video: OTT@COL: MacKinnon buries one-timer to extend lead
The Avalanche play their last game in October at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, ALT, NHL.TV). Stastny (13 in 1982-83) and Owen Nolan (13 in 1991-92) hold the Avalanche/Nordiques record for most goals in October. Three Avalanche/Nordiques players have had at least 23 points in October; the record is 24, set by Michel Goulet (10 goals, 14 assists) and Stastny (three goals, 21 assists) in October 1983.