Any point streak is good, this one is better than Great.
Not only did his beautiful pass from behind the net set up Andre Benoit for the overtime winner against the hated Detroit Red Wings, spoiling Nicklas Lindstrom’s jersey retirement night; it also broke MacKinnon’s tie with Wayne Gretzky for the longest point streak by an 18-year-old in NHL history.
"I want to be as consistent as possible," said MacKinnon. "Gretzky probably doubled my point total in those games (during his streak)."
In the 13 games, MacKinnon has accumulated 18 points (five goals, 13 assists); giving him 51 points (22 goals, 29 assists) in 63 games to lead all NHL rookies in scoring this season.
The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft will need to score in the next seven contests to match the overall rookie record streak, set by the center of MacKinnon’s current line: Paul Stastny (2007). Mackinnon is currently flanking Stastny’s right side, a departure from his traditional center position.
"Stastny is a great centerman. It's very easy to play with him," he said. " Obviously, it's an adjustment coming from the middle to the right side, but overall it's been pretty smooth I think."
MacKinnon will look to extend his streak Saturday afternoon, when the Avalanche take on the St. Louis Blues.