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Nathan MacKinnon says he isn't Joe Sakic.

Nathan MacKinnon has broken Joe Sakic’s Colorado Avalanche record of 120 points in a season, but doesn’t believe it means he’s a better player than Sakic.

“I don’t think I’m as good as Joe ever was,” MacKinnon said after picking up his 120th,121st and 122nd points in a 5-4 come-from-behind victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins . “It’s a good number, I guess. It’s a good stat to have, but a lot of guys are having special seasons.”

Colorado Hockey Now’s Evan Rawal has a good read on MacKinnon’s record-breaking day.

What makes MacKinnon’s record-breaking more meaningful is that it comes in the midst of a Colorado nine-game winning streak. The Avalanche are hoping their late season surge bodes well for the playoffs.

What also could be on the horizon: MacKinnon making a run at Peter Stastny’s 42-year-old franchise record of 139 points, set when the team was located in Quebec in 1981-82. MacKinnon is on pace for 140 points.

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Red Wings Next Game

Juuse Saros was a difference-maker against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in the 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators. Detroit will face another hot goaltender Tuesday when it plays a road game against the Washington Capitals. Washington netminder Charlie Lindgren is 7-2-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and two shutouts in his last 10 appearances. This is an uber-important game for both teams.

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Boston: The Bruins signed Providence center Riley Duran (9-7-16) to a two-year contract. He was a sixth-round d raft pick (182nd) in 2020.

Chicago: Frank Nazar makes a strong case to be signed by the Chicago Blackhawks when his Michigan season is over.

Colorado: Nathan MacKinnon  surpassed Joe Sakic’s Colorado Avalanche 28-year-old single-season points record of 120. MacKinnon now has 122 points and he has a shot at the franchise record of 139 set by Petr Stastny when the franchise was in Quebec.

Florida: Sam Reinhart joins Pavel Bure on the Florida Panthers’ 50-goal list in win against the Flyers.

New Jersey: Timo Meijr earned a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in the New Jersey Devils‘ win against the New York Islanders

Philadelphia: Coach John Tortorella was speechless as poor goaltending undermined the Philadelphia Flyers‘ strong effort.

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski writes that the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ “soul-crushing” loss to the Avalanche raises more questions.