After an ‘unlucky’ play, Nathan MacKinnon is back in Colorado Avalanche’s convincing win

DALLAS Nathan MacKinnonHe had an assist in his return and the Colorado AvalancheIt was defeated Dallas StarsThey topped the NHL with a 4-0 win on Sunday.

MacKinnon (26), has been out of action since Jan. 26 with a concussion, a facial fracture and took his rightful spot on Colorado's top-line. He played 17:45 on 24 shifts against Dallas, and was able to play 17:45. This was Colorado's second consecutive win and the Avalanche haven't lost in regulation since Dec. 16. They ended Sunday with 72 goals, three points more than the rest in the race for No. 1 seed in the postseason. The No. 1 seed.

Gabriel LandeskogThe veteran Colorado player scored two goals, making it 22 goals for the season. Nazem Kadri Nicolas Aube-KubelAlso, the win was a success. Postgame media availability was focused on a former All-Star who rejoined his teammates following a frightening incident.

“I felt great. MacKinnon commented that he felt great. “Had some strong legs. “Our whole team played very well.

MacKinnon was defeated by elite teams from rival conferences. Boston Bruins veteran forward Taylor HallLast month, MacKinnon was hit with a stick that drove his stick into his face. The hit was an unfortunate incident in Boston's 4-3 overtime triumph. The league did not discipline Hall.

MacKinnon stated Sunday that it was “just a really unlucky act.”

MacKinnon was able to return to practice Tuesday after undergoing surgery on his nose. After the practice session in Denver, Jared Bednar, Colorado coach, said to reporters that MacKinnon would be back on Sunday. So the process went according to plan.

The Stars could not keep up with the Avalanche’s defensive and depth skills, especially in late. The home team was limited to 23 shots in net and the goaltender. Darcy KuemperThey were all stopped. This was his second shutout for the season.

Bednar called Colorado's 3rd period the team's most defensive period. This eliminated any potential drama in the pre-Super Bowl matinee.

Kadri's 20th goal of this season was with 62 points. This season, his season high is surpassed by him.

He said, “It's not an area I focus on too often.” “I feel like I'm in an euphoric zone right now, and the best way for me to keep that feeling is to stay focused.”

MacKinnon's speed and vision through neutral zone creates more space for his teammates.

Kadri shared that she has great words to say about the team and the players she plays with. “It's been an enjoyable year so far.”

The Avalanche have a game in hand over the second-place team in overall standings in the NHL, the Avalanche (17-0-2) to increase their franchise-record streak of points. Florida Panthers.

Dallas goalie Braden Holtby26 shots were stopped in the loss. They could be in net again Tuesday when the two teams meet in Colorado, in a game that was postponed since Dec. 31.

If not for his injury, MacKinnon would be front and center at All-Star Weekend Las Vegas. He was set to become the captain of the Central Division squad. It would have been MacKinnon's fifth All-Star appearance. His assist Sunday gave him 44 points.

This report was compiled by the Associated Press.

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