MACKINNON, AVALANCHE KEEP ROLLING WITH NINTH STRAIGHT WIN
Nathan MacKinnon (1-1—2) scored for the fifth straight game – a career-high run that includes three game-winners – to lead the Avalanche to their ninth consecutive victory, the longest win streak in the NHL this season. Colorado’s win streak is tied for the second-longest in franchise history.
MacKinnon leads all players in goals and points (tied) since the beginning of December (15-16—31 in 22 GP), including 8-11—19 on his active nine-game point streak. Mikko Rantanen (1-1—2) recorded his second straight multi-point game to push his 2017-18 totals to 17-29—46 (45 GP), an average of 1.02 points per game. * Jonathan Bernier (27 saves) extended his career-high win streak to eight games (1.47 GAA, .958 SV%, 1 SO) to move within one victory of matching the longest win streak by a goaltender in 2017-18 (Andrei Vasilevskiy: 9-0-0 from Oct. 9-30 w/ TBL).
Bernier became just the fourth goaltender in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history to record at least eight consecutive wins. The others: Patrick Roy in 1998-99 (11-0-0), Stephane Fiset in 1995-96 (9-0-0) and Jocelyn Thibault in 1994-95 (8-0-0).
BRUINS EXTEND POINT STREAK TO 16 GAMES
David Pastrnak collected 2-1—3 to reach the 20-goal mark for the second straight season and help the Bruins (27-10-8, 62 points) extend their point streak to 16 games (12-0-4) and move within three points of the Lightning (31-12-3, 65 points) for first place in the NHL.
This marks the eighth time in franchise history that the Bruins have recorded one or more points in at least 16 consecutive games – and second time in the past five seasons (also 16 GP in 2013-14).
Tuukka Rask (22 saves) improved to 14-0-2 in his last 16 decisions dating to Nov. 29 (1.61 GAA, .940 SV%, 2 SO), extending the longest such point streak of his NHL career.
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* Information provided via NHL Press Release