MacKinnon scores in OT as Avalanche rally past Stars
All five Colorado goals came from its top line. Jonathan Drouin had two goals for his seventh career multigoal game and Mikko Rantanen also scored. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 28 shots in his league-leading 21st win and 32nd start.
The Avs have 12 comeback wins, one short of leaders Dallas and New Jersey, and have scored an NHL-best 53 third-period goals.
“When we went all the way a couple of years ago and won, we were a really resilient group,” said MacKinnon, who’s tied with Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov with 64 points and was named an NHL All-Star for the seventh time earlier Thursday. “This year we’re kind of back to that.”
MacKinnon broke in on a 2-on-0 break with Devon Toews and beat Wedgewood stick side for the game-winner. He also had an assist for the Central Division-leading Avalanche, who have a season-best seven-game points streak (6-0-1).
Seguin’s second goal came at 9:07 of the third period for a 4-2 lead. He has four goals against Colorado in two games this season.
Less than a minute later, Drouin’s second goal pulled the Avalanche within 4-3.
Dallas’ Radek Faksa shot just wide of the empty net from center ice about 40 seconds before Rantanen’s tying goal.
“We had the game on our stick a bunch of times down the stretch, including with the empty net to finish it off and didn’t,” Stars coach Peter DeBoer said. “It bit us in the end.”
The Avalanche have two come-from-behind wins at Dallas this season. They trailed 3-2 after two periods on Nov. 18 and scored four third-period goals for a 6-3 win.
Nine of Dallas' last 10 games have been decided by one goal (5-2-2).
Dadonov scored his ninth goal of the season in the first after having scored seven all last season.
“Obviously, 22-, 24-plus minutes every night — he's a big part of the team,” Wedgewood said of Heiskanen.
Wedgewood is 6-2-2 since replacing Jake Oettinger, who was also named to the NHL All-Star roster and has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since leaving a game on Dec. 15.
Avalanche: Host the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
Stars: Host Nashville on Saturday night to end a five-game homestand.
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