By Darian Somers
Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has been in the NHL for less than one year, not much time to break one of Wayne Gretzky's formidable records. But with an assist on Andre Benoit's overtime winner against Detroit, the first overall pick in last June's draft surpassed the Great One's mark of 12 consecutive games with at least one point by an 18-year-old player, set in 1979-80. Gretzky finished that season with 137 points.
The assist was MacKinnon's 29th and the Calder Trophy favorite now has 51 points this season, with 18 of them (including five of his 22 goals) coming during his streak.
MacKinnon's run, which began on Jan. 25 against Tampa Bay, has included four multipoint games. His best outing was a three-point effort against Buffalo on Feb. 1, and the Avs have benefitted, going 9-4-0 as they make a push for the top spot in the Central Division. They trail first place St. Louis by three points and Chicago by one.
MacKinnon will get a chance to extend his streak on Saturday night against the Blues