ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny
assisted on a first-period goal Sunday, giving him a point in 18
consecutive games and setting the NHL record for the longest points
streak by a rookie.
Stastny, the son of Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, broke the mark
of 17 straight set by Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne in 1993 in
Colorado's 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota.
"It's something special that I'll look back on probably in the
summertime," Stastny said. "But right now it's tough to take
after losing 3-2 in a big game for us in overtime."
Stastny dumped the puck toward the net moments later and Andrew Brunette corralled it to put a shot on goal. Milan Hejduk cleaned
up the rebound and beat goaltender Niklas Backstrom, giving Stastny
the second assist.
His streak is the longest by any player in the league this
season and the longest since Ottawa's Dany Heatley had a point in
22 straight in 2005.
Rookie point streaks are becoming a Stastny family tradition.
Peter Stastny had a point in 16 straight games for Quebec as a
rookie in 1980-81 and Paul's uncle, Marian Stastny, had a point in
13 straight road games as a rookie with the Nordiques in 1981-82,
an NHL record also broken by his nephew on Sunday.
"Yeah, our whole family is a proud family, so I'm sure they are
keeping tabs," Stastny said.
Paul Stastny's streak began on Feb. 3 against Edmonton. He has
eight goals and 18 assists in that span, production that has kept
Colorado's faint playoff hopes alive.
The Avalanche are eight points behind Calgary for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with a critical game
against the Flames on Wednesday.
"I played with his dad a long time ago and I see where his work
ethic comes from," right wing Ian Laperriere said. "His dad was
a workhorse and he wasn't too high or too low and I see that in his
son big time."