Nathan MacKinnon joins Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux in NHL history

The Colorado Avalanche are looking to reach the Western Conference Finals with a win on Wednesday night. They lead their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series against the St. Louis Blue 3-1. Colorado came out hot at home in Game 5, scoring twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon put the goal in play after just under four minutes. As the period ended, the Avalanche were on the power play and once again MacKinnon struck. He hit a truly historic plateau with his seventh goal this postseason.

The avalanche center has 80 Career Playoff Points, she collected in his first 59 playoff games of his career. Only Wayne Gretzky (37 games), Mario Lemieux (40 games) and Jari Kurri (57 games) did that in fewer playoff games.

Those considered by most people to be two of the five greatest players in NHL history, including the top two in Gretzky and Lemieux.

The Avalanche have been building up more and more offensive talent in recent years. Gabriel Landeskog, MacKinnon, Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen and youngster Cale Makar are all excellent weapons. They also have one of the best goalies in the league in Darcy Kuemper.

Both the Avalanche and Blues would score in the second half. Colorado is just 20 minutes away from going 8-1 in the playoffs and advancing to the next round. Assuming they are able to hold their ground and progress, Colorado meets series winner Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are currently leading that series 3-1 with Game 5 in Calgary on Thursday.

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