Nathan MacKinnon and Colorado Avalanche were too big Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
MacKinnon had four points (one goal, three assists), the right wing Mikko Rantanen had two assists and a left wing Gabriel Landeskog achieved a goal and helped to help Avalanche defeat Penguins 6-3 in the Pepsi Center. It was the sixth direct win of Colorado and prolonged the Avalanche point strip to nine matches (8-0-1).
MacKinnon and Rantanen extended their parallel multi-point gaming lines to six. They are the fifth set of teammates in the last 30 years who have simultaneous multipoint streaks of at least six matches and the first by Alexander Mogilny and Pat LaFontaine of Buffalo Sabers (six matches) from December 31, 1992 through January 10, 1993.
Video: PIT @ COL: Wilson strikes at MacKinnon Pass
Rantanen leads the NHL with 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists), one before MacKinnon is 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists). They are the sixth team of teammates in the last 20 years who are the first players to score 40 points each season.
Avalanche (15-6-4) led 3-0 before Crosby tied the match by scoring three goals in the 5:35 range, starting at 19:08 second season. It was the 11th regular seasonal NHL hattrick for Crosby and the first since he scored three goals against Florida Panthers on March 19, 2017. Mario Lemieux (40) and Evgeni Malkin (12) are the only players in the history of Penguins with more hat tricks than Crosby.
Matthews returns from the accident, the powers of Maple Leafs
Austin Matthews did not show any signs of a break in returning to Toronto Maple Leafs after missing 14 wrestling matches on the shoulder, scored two goals and helped one John Tavares help Maple Leafs (18-8-0) defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 for their sixth consecutive victory at the Scotiabank Arena.
Video: SJS @ TOR: Matthews sets up Tavares for PPG in return
The third season center had its eighth multi-point game in 12 matches this season. He is the sixth player from 2005-06 to have at least eight more game points in his first 12 season games, and the first from the Washington Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom had eight in 2011-12. The only player in the history of the NHL, who had more points in each of the first 12 matches since the start of the season, was Lemieux with the Penguins in 1992-93.
Toronto ahead Mitchell Marner had his second straight three-legged game. He is the second in the NHL with 30 assists and the second player in the history of Maple Leafs, who made 30 assists in the first 26 matches in Toronto, and in 1992-93 he became a member of Doug Gilmour.
Tavares recorded two goals, giving him 17 in 26 matches. The only player from Toronto outside the NHL opening season, who needed less matches to reach 17 goals, was Cully Wilson in 1919-20 (20 goals in 23 matches), Gaye Stewart in 1942-43 (18 goals in 20 games) and Dave Andreychuk 1992-93 (17 goals in 17 games).
Ducks score early, late to beat the Panthers
Anaheim Ducks defender Josh Manson scoring 15 seconds to the first and to the front Nick Ritchie got the winning goal with 1:28 remaining in third place to make Anaheim Ducks win 3-2 against Panthers at the BB & T Center. Anaheim won four of the last five (4-1-0).
Manson's goal was second fastest since the beginning of Ducks; Paul Kariya won 18 seconds in Anaheim in Colorado on March 9, 1997. Manson is the eighth player in the first 20 seconds of the game this season.
Video: ANA @ FLA: Manson struck from the starting line
Winner Ritchie was the 13th goal in the last two minutes of the season's regulation, and first by Ducks.
Continuing games continue
Panthers defender Keith Yandle, Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau and penguins forward Phil Kesselwho have three best consecutive matches, all continue to run.
Yandle helped skating in his 738 consecutive games when he defended St. Louis Blues Jay Bouwmeester for the sixth longest strike in NHL history. It's 38 matches Craig Ramsay, which is the fifth with 776 consecutive games.
Video: ANA @ FLA: PPD Dadon Networks Forward Forwarding
Marleau played in his 732nd continuous game, the eighth on the all-time list. His second goal against the team he played in the first 19 seasons of his NHL career made him a 25th player who scored against all 31 NHL teams.
Kessel jumps in his 716th continuous game, ninth all the time.