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DENVER (AP) It seems nothing can stop Nathan MacKinnon during

what’s been a career year. Not a shoulder injury that cost him eight

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Wild.MacKinnon had two goals and three assists, Mikko Rantanen had a goal and

three assists and the Avalanche beat Minnesota 7-1 on Friday night.The five

points tied a career high for MacKinnon, who also set personal bests in goals

(31) and assists (45) for the season. He reached the 30-goal mark for the first

time in his five-year career.MacKinnon has seven goals and eight assists in

seven games since returning from a shoulder injury Feb. 18. He was second in the

NHL in scoring when he went down Jan. 30, and Friday’s five-point night moved

him into fourth overall.”I don’t know what he did when he was gone but he

clearly was doing something right because he’s come back in real good shape and

he picked up where he left off,” linemate Gabriel Landeskog said.MacKinnon’s

other five-point game was Nov. 16 against Washington.”I wish I didn’t miss those

eight games, but I definitely do feel good,” MacKinnon said. ”Hopefully if we

can make the playoffs, it’ll be a blessing. If we don’t, it won’t be. If we

squeak in, I’ll be a little fresher than some of the other guys.”Tyson Barrie

had a goal and an assist, and Landeskog Adidas Wade

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Colorado gain ground in the Western Conference playoff race with its 13th win in

14 home games.The Avalanche jumped over idle St. Louis and stayed a point behind

Anaheim for the second wild card with 75 points. The Ducks beat Columbus 4-2 on

Friday.”We’re not just trying to chase the last wild card, we’re trying to be a

team in the division and solidify a guaranteed spot – in the top three,”

MacKinnon said.MacKinnon is trying to lead his team to the playoffs for the

first time since 2014, when the Wild upset the No. 2-seeded Avalanche in seven

games. He is giving the Wild some payback with eight points in the last two

games.Colorado has scored seven goals in both home games against Minnesota.Mikko

Koivu scored for the Wild, who have lost two straight after winning five in a

row to move into third in the Central Division. Minnesota has a four-point lead

on Colorado and has played one more game than the Avalanche.”Now when you lose

one or two in a row teams are gaining on you all over the place,” Minnesota

coach Bruce Boudreau said.Devan Dubnyk allowed five goals on 17 shots before

being replaced by Alex Stalock after Soderberg’s goal. Stalock had seven saves

for the Wild, who have allowed seven goals in both games in Colorado this

season.Landeskog and MacKinnon scored 2:26 apart midway through the first period

to give Colorado a 2-0 lead, and then the Avalanche put it away in the

second.After Barrie made it 3-0, MacKinnon, Soderberg and Rantanen each scored

in a span of 4:32 to make it 6-0. Soderberg’s tally, which went off Eric Staal’s

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fourth one,” Dubnyk said. ”I don’t know what happened on the fifth one.”Koivu

spoiled Semyon Varlamov’s shutout bid with his 12th goal at 17:07 of the second

period. Varlamov finished with 31 saves.NOTES: Colorado C Colin Wilson suffered

an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. … Avalanche D

Anton Lindholm returned after missing five games with an elbow injury. …

Minnesota is 4-6-1 in the second night of back-to-back games. … Colorado

announced it had signed D Connor Timmins to an entry-level contract that begins

next season. Timmins was the Avalanche’s second-round draft pick last June. …

Wild C Charlie Coyle turned 26 on Friday.UP NEXTWild: Host Detroit on

Sunday.Avalanche: Host Nashville on Sunday.— TORONTO — This could be a period of

many happy returns for the Toronto Maple Leafs and for one of their former

players, James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers.Van Riemsdyk will return

to the Scotiabank Arena Saturday night for the first time since signing as a

free agent with the Flyers in the offseason.The Flyers (10-10-2) arrived in

Toronto after a 4-0 victory Friday afternoon against the New York Rangers, while

the Maple Leafs (15-8-0) lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Friday

night.Article continues below ...The Maple Leafs have lost two consecutive road

games for the first time this season but have won three in a row at home.“It’s

going to be an emotional day for me,” said van Riemsdyk, who scored 36 goals

last season for Toronto. “It meant a lot for me to play for the Maple Leafs. I

enjoyed my time there. It’s something I’ll really look back fondly on. But we’re

there to get the two points and excited for the game to come.”The left winger

said the Maple Leafs told him a few weeks before free agency opened that they

would be going in a different direction.“So, I appreciated that fact,” van

Riemsdyk said. “Going into free agency is enough of an emotional and stressful

time, let alone if you have to weigh a lot of factors. That allowed me to go

into free agency with an open mind.”The Flyers had drafted van Riemsdyk second

overall in 2007 and traded him to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn in June

2012. As a free agent, van Riemsdyk opted to return to his first team.“You never

really expect to be in the same place twice,” van Riemsdyk said. “But

again Adidas

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chance, to come back here and hopefully we can do some great things on the ice.

I’m happy with my choice.”Van Riemsdyk has 202 goals and 195 assists in 615

games between Toronto and Philadelphia. This season he has been limited to six

games because of a lower-body injury.About returns, Maple Leafs coach Mike

Babcock said Friday before the game: “We think our team’s going to be better, we

have significant pieces not here and they will be here.”An obvious missing piece

is center Auston Matthews, who could be returning to competition by the middle

of next week after being out with a shoulder injury suffered during the Oct. 27

against the Winnipeg Jets.Then there is holdout right winger William Nylander.

Babcock said that he was “hopeful” that Nylander was going to be signed before

the Dec. 1 deadline.“I’m confident, hopeful,” Babcock said. “I mean, Willie

loves hockey. I know Willie well. He is a great teammate and a good person and

he loves hockey. He wants to play hockey, you know, so. … I’m betting on that.

How’s that?”The Maple Leafs have been starting games slowly and fell behind

Friday night 2-0 for the third game in a row. They were able to overcome that

deficit Monday to beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 in Toronto. They have not been so

fortunate in their past two games even though they tied the game at 2 Friday.

They also lost Wednesday 5-2 against the Carolina Hurricanes.“I thought (Friday)

that might have been as good a road game as we’ve played in a while,” Babcock

said. “I thought our guys skated good Adidas

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on the first goal and on their fourth goal. You can’t do that, but the bottom

line is we played heavy, we played fast, we did lots of good things. We’ve got

to take the energy into (Saturday) night. Obviously, Philly played (Friday),

which is nice. They’re sitting at home watching our game and waiting for us.

We’ll get re-energized and ready for (Saturday).”Sean Couturier scored twice,

and Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his fourth career shutout Friday as

Philadelphia ended an 0-3-1 skid. Travis Konecny added a goal and two assists

and Claude Giroux had three assists as Philadelphia took a season-high 46 shots

on goal.“There weren’t many guys below the bar; there were none, to be honest

with you,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “We played a real good 60-minute

game. Everybody went out and did their job, from the goaltender on out.” Pickard

has been playing because Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth are sidelined with

lower-body injuries. Pickard has made 10 appearances and has a 4-1-2

record.