Avalanche downs Ducks as Nazem Kadri and Cale Makar again rule the way…

In Nathan MacKinnon’s six-game injury absence, the Avalanche is highly thankful for Nazem Kadri and Cale Makar.

The Avs’ second-line center and top defenseman have both been on a scoring spree that already MacKinnon — a perennial NHL All-Star and three-time Hart Trophy finalist — would be proud of.

In the Avs’ 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, Kadri had a goal and an assist for his fifth consecutive multi-point game to extend his career-long points streak to 10 games. Makar scored his sixth goal and eighth point in four games and was in the position to become just the second NHL defenseman to produce multiple-goal games in three consecutive contests.

Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey did just that from Feb. 14-19, 1986. Makar came one goal shy of matching the feat.

The Ball Arena crowd of 16,343 saw the Avalanche extend its NHL-best winning streak to six games and collectively celebrate the 36 goals the team has scored in MacKinnon’s absence (6.0 average).

The Avs will also celebrate coach Jared Bednar, who won his 194th game behind the Colorado bench to become the club’s winningest coach. He was tied with Bob Hartley.

Kadri, who has six goals and 15 assists in his 10-game points streak, assisted on Makar’s goal to tie the game 1-1 late in the first period. Kadri scored a third-period strength-play goal to give Colorado a 4-1 rule.

Anaheim opened the scoring 4:58 into the game, capitalizing on goalie Darcy Kuemper’s broken skate blade — the second such incident in consecutive games. Kuemper was unable to regain his feet and Sonny Milano flipped the puck over him.

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