Nathan MacKinnon is piling up points, and the Colorado Avalanche are prospering.
The center scored one goal and assisted on another for his fourth consecutive multipoint game, helping Avalanche defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. It was Colorado's fourth straight win, which also gave them an 8-1-1 mark in their past 10 visits to Toronto.
MacKinnon extended his point streak to eight games (18 points; seven goals, 11 assists) and his goal streak to five. He's one shy of matching the longest goal streak of his career (six games, Oct. 4-16, 2018). Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (six games, Nov. 7-17) is the only player in the NHL this season with a longer goal streak than MacKinnon.
MacKinnon has a four-game multipoint streak for the third time in his NHL career; he had six in a row in 2018-19 and a four-game streak in 2017-18. He's the 11th player this season to have multiple points in at least four consecutive games; teammate Andre Burakovsky also did it in four straight from Nov. 14-21.
The Avalanche can extend their winning streak to five games when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, ALT, NHL.TV).
Edmonton native Ennis helps Senators win in hometown
Tyler Ennis, a native of Edmonton, powered the Ottawa Senators to success in his hometown.
The forward had a goal and two assists for the Senators in a 5-2 win against the Oilers at Rogers Place, extending Ottawa's winning streak in Edmonton to six games. The Senators are 10-1-0 in their past 11 visits there.
Ottawa's six-game winning streak in Edmonton (dating to Nov. 13, 2014) is tied for the third-longest road win streak against one opponent in Senators history; they also won six in a row at the Winnipeg Jets, from Nov. 29, 2011 to March 30, 2016. The only longer such streaks for Ottawa since entering the NHL in 1992 were an 8-0-0 run at the Florida Panthers (Jan. 26, 2001- Dec. 5, 2005) and 7-0-0 streak at the New York Rangers (Jan. 14, 2010-April 5, 2014).
The Boston Bruins own the NHL's longest active road winning streak against one opponent; they are 9-0-0 at the Arizona Coyotes dating to Oct. 10, 2010.
Carlson powers Capitals to fifth straight win
John Carlson scored twice, including the game-winner, to eclipse the 100-goal mark in his NHL career and help the League-leading Washington Capitals (21-4-5) defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 at Staples Center for their second winning streak of at least five games this season. The Capitals went 6-0-0 from Oct. 25-Nov. 9.
Washington is 3-0-0 on its four-game road trip, which concludes Friday at the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, KCOP-13, NBCSWA+, NHL.TV). The Capitals have swept a road trip of at least four games once since entering the NHL in 1974; they went 4-0-0 from Feb. 9-16, 1993, with victories against the Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues, Kings and San Jose Sharks.
Carlson (101 goals in 718 NHL games, all with Washington), had the sixth multigoal game of his League career and became the fifth defenseman to score at least 100 goals with the Capitals, joining Kevin Hatcher (149), Sergei Gonchar (144), Mike Green (113) and Calle Johansson (113).
With 11 goals this season, Carlson overtook Dougie Hamilton of the Carolina Hurricanes (10) for the NHL lead among defensemen. His 42 points are also tops among defensemen; Hamilton is second with 28.
Penguins extend home winning streak
Teddy Blueger scored 39 seconds into the game to get the Pittsburgh Penguins off to a fast start in a 3-0 win against the St. Louis Blues at PPG Paints Arena. The win extended Pittsburgh's home point streak to nine games (7-0-2) and ended the Blues' road point streak at 10 (8-0-2).
The center is the seventh player in Penguins history to score a game-winning goal in the opening minute of play, and the first since Stephane Richer on Jan. 10, 2002.
Pittsburgh is the fifth team with a home point streak of at least nine games this season. The other four are also active streaks: The Bruins (16 games), Philadelphia Flyers (11), New York Islanders (11) and Minnesota Wild (nine).