Nathan MacKinnon assisted on goals by Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen (twice). He also added an empty-netter with under 1:30 left in regulation. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating and seven shots on goal in 19:58 of ice time. The 23-year-old has registered at least one point in five consecutive games.
MacKinnon (21-31—52) posted his second four-point outing of the season to join Rantanen (15-41—56) as the only 50-point players so far in 2018-19. Since 1981-82, only four other pairs of teammates have been the first NHL players to hit 50 points in a season: Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby (2008-09); Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr (1995-96); Wayne Gretzky and Glenn Anderson (1985-86); and Gretzky and Jari Kurri(1983-84).
Rantanen’s 56 points are the most ever by an Avalanche player through 33 team games (one more than Peter Forsberg in 1995-96
* Entering 2018-19, the last three instances of an NHL player recording at least 56 points through 33 team games all were achieved by Penguins: Malkin in 2008-09 (15-43—58), Lemieux in 2002-03 (16-40—56) and Jagr in 1999-00 (25-31—56).
* Since 1987-88, only five other sets of teammates (for six instances) have recorded at least 52 points apiece through 33 teams games of a season: Lemieux, Jagr and Ron Francis in 1995-96 (w/ PIT); Lemieux and Kevin Stevens in 1991-92 (w/ PIT); Gretzky and Bernie Nicholls in both 1988-89 and 1989-90 (w/ LAK); Lemieux and Rob Brown in 1988-89 (w/ PIT); and Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet in 1987-88 (w/ QUE).
* Landeskog (21-19—40), who scored the winning goal just 76 seconds after Dallas tied the game, reached the 20-goal mark for the sixth time. He now sits just five goals shy of matching his career high set over 81 games in 2013-14 (26-39—65).