DENVER – Nine.

In a row.

The Colorado Avalanche just keep going, establishing an NHL season-high for most consecutive wins, the latest a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers in front of a sold-out Pepsi Center crowd.

Mikko Rantanen’s empty-net goal wrapped up a tense, tight game.

“I thought we did a real nice job again, kind of a mirror image of how we’ve been playing at home for the last little bit,” Jared Bednar said. “It’s a sign of maturity for our team. We’ve talked a little about the coaching that’s going on between players now, holding each other accountable. I think that’s what a team has to get to at some point in a season and it’s got to continue to grow, if you want to be a good team. It can’t just come from the coaches all the time. I think the streak means a lot to our guys.”

Nathan MacKinnon continued his absolutely torrid play of late, scoring his 23rd goal at 3:24 of the second period. It was another one of his multi-deke, use-the-D-man-as-a-screen specials, a whipsaw shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist to the right corner.

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.