NHL Hockey

MacKinnon helps Avs' win streak reach 8

(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche looked unstoppable early and shaky down the stretch in nearly blowing a big lead.

Bottom line: The streak goes on.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice during a 58-second span in the first period, Matt Nieto added a late insurance goal and the Avalanche won their eighth straight by holding off the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Thursday night.

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Points
Rank Player Pts G A
1 N. Kucherov, TB612734
2 N. MacKinnon, Col572235
3 J. Tavares, NYI552530
4 P. Kessel, Pit542133
5 J. Gaudreau, Cgy541539
6 C. Giroux, Phi541440
7 S. Stamkos, TB531736
8 B. Wheeler, Wpg531439
9 J. Voracek, Phi53845
10 C. McDavid, Edm521537
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Goals Against Average
Rank Player GAA
1 M. Fleury, VGK1.72
2 C. Hutton, StL1.72
3 T. Rask, Bos2.21
4 A. Vasilevskiy, TB2.23
5 A. Dell, SJ2.26
6 C. Crawford, Chi2.27
7 J. Quick, LA2.35
8 A. Khudobin, Bos2.38
9 M. Subban, VGK2.38
10 C. Hellebuyck, Wpg2.40
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