- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Nathan MacKinnon had the puck in the final minute of overtime and each of the four opposing skaters stood passively and stared at the phenom.

The sensational rookie took full advantage of the attention, breaking one of Wayne Gretzky’s records while helping his team win.

Andre Benoit, all alone, scored off an assist from MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

MacKinnon has a point in 13 straight games, breaking Gretzky’s mark for an 18-year-old NHL player that he set during the 1979-80 season.

“It’s pretty cool,” MacKinnon acknowledged. “I want to be as consistent as possible. He probably doubled my point total in those games.”

Gretzky finished his rookie season with 51 goals and 137 points.

MacKinnon has 22 goals and 50 points - easily leading all rookies in the league this year - in 63 games. His point streak is the longest by a rookie at any age since Colorado’s Paul Stastny went 20 straight in 2007.

MacKinnon kept it going with quite a pass. He was behind the net to the right of Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard when the No. 1 overall pick from the 2013 NHL draft sent a diagonal pass to Benoit in the bottom of the left circle.

“Nobody really took me,” MacKinnon. “And, Benoit took the back door.”

Benoit made the most of the scoring opportunity for his fourth goal, sending a shot to the top shelf that Howard had no shot to stop.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for Colorado, which has won four straight.

“Jiggy was big when we needed him,” said Matt Duchene, who scored a game-tying goal midway through the second period. “He held us in there until we could get the winner.”

Colorado’s P.A. Parenteau made it a 2-all game 5:49 into the third period after the Red Wings took their second lead.

Detroit went ahead on Niklas Kronwall’s goal midway through the first period and Tomas Jurco’s score with 7:50 left in the second.

Howard stopped 22 shots for a team desperately trying to extend its postseason streak to 23.

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