With 23 points in 13 games, he leads the playoff scoring race by a massive five points. One more enjoyable reality: MacKinnon has at least one point in all 13 of his playoff games this year. After balancing 47 points in the last 3 games, Murray came back to earth with only 17 last night. The combined total of 158 points was 53 below the next-lowest-scoring video game in the previously defence-free series. There's only one game tonight: the previously mentioned Game 6 in between Nathan MacKinnon's Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars at 8 p.m. ET.

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Nathan MacKinnon is on a Gretzky-like run

We spent much of the recently or so marvelling at the hot streak Jamal Murray was on. The 23-year-old Nuggets guard's three-game, 142-point explosion put him in the company of Michael Jordan when it comes to the finest stretches ever tape-recorded in an NBA playoff series.

Well, Murray has a doppelganger in the NHL, where another young Canadian who works out of Denver is on a tear that's placed him right up there with his sport's GOAT. If Nathan MacKinnon can get two points tonight, the Colorado Avalanche star will become the very first NHLer to reach 25 points in 14 or less games of a post-season considering that Wayne Gretzky did it in 1993 for the Los Angeles Kings.

MacKinnon's numbers today are incredible. With 23 points in 13 video games, he leads the playoff scoring race by a whopping 5 points. And get this: he's already matched the leaders from in 2015's entire post-season, Ryan O'Reilly and Brad Marchand, who required 26 and 24 games, respectively, to reach 23 points.

One more fun fact: MacKinnon has at least one point in all 13 of his championship game this year. The only players with longer scoring streaks to open a post-season are Bryan Trottier (18 games in 1981), Mark Messier (14 in '88) and Bobby Orr (14 in '70). Pretty great group to be in.

One caveat to MacKinnon's stats: they include three "seeding" games, the glorified warmups held prior to the first round for the top 4 groups in each conference under this year's unusual playoff format. While those contests might have lacked strength, they did come versus high-grade opponents.

Maybe the only thing that can stop MacKinnon today is not having anymore video games to play. His Avalanche are down 3-2 in their series vs. Dallas and facing removal tonight for the second straight game. That's surprising after Colorado entered the playoffs as a trendy Stanley Cup pick and blew Arizona out of the water in the very first round. The Avs were also up versus the wall in Game 5, and they responded with 5 successive goals in the very first 14 1/2 minutes-- consisting of one by (obviously) MacKinnon.

Murray shot simply 7 of 21 from the field in Game 7, but his Nuggets advanced to the next round of the NBA playoffs.(Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Jamal Murray cooled off -- but still helped his team advance.It took 7 video games, but the Utah Jazz lastly recognized it might be a great idea to actually attempt and stop the NBA's most popular gamer. So after averaging 47 points in the last three video games, Murray returned to earth with only 17 last night. However all the additional attention the young Canadian guard drew from Utah's defenders might have opened things up for teammate Nikola Jokic. The Denver centre had 30 points and 14 rebounds as the Nuggets held back a second-half Jazz rally to win an 80-78 slugfestin the deciding game of their first-round match. The combined total of 158 points was 53 below the next-lowest-scoring video game in the previously defence-free series. Murray and the Nuggets will deal with a much larger challenge in the second round versus Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers, who had the fifth-best protective ranking and second-best offensive score this season. That series starts tomorrow night. Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Canadians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort can assist Oklahoma City earn a second-round date with the L.A. Lakers when they deal with Houston in Game 7.

The Raptors are on the ropes.Toronto played much better than it did in Game 1, however the result was the very same. The safeguarding champs are down 2-0 to Boston after losing 102-99 last night. For much of the season, it appeared the Raptors didn't really miss out on Kawhi Leonard. They in fact had a much better winning percentage than they did last year. But having a genuinely elite go-to guy has actually long been thought about essential for winning an NBA champion, and it would be a nice edge to have today versus a Celtics group that likewise prides itself on its balance. Five Raptors scored a minimum of 16 points last night, however none had more than the 20 by OG Anunoby. He's an useful player, but it's not a great sign when he's your leading scorer in a championship game. The Celtics had four men score a minimum of 16 and got 34 from increasing star Jayson Tatum, who went 14-of-14 from the free-throw line. Defensive ace Marcus Smart scored 16 of his 19 throughout a magical three-minute stretch in the fourth quarter, and star point guard Kemba Walker likewise came on strong late. Video game 3 is tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. ET. Learn more about Game 2 and watch highlights here.

The Canucks stayed alive, thanks to Thatcher Demko.Thrust into his first-ever playoff start after Jacob Markstrom was designated "unsuited to play" ("upper/lower-body injury" is so 2019), Vancouver's backup goalie stopped 42 of Vegas' 43 shots. The Canucks had only 17, but they got away with a 2-1 winthat forced a Game 6 on Thursday night. Philadelphia did the same by beating the Islanders 4-3 in overtime. There's only one video game tonight: the previously mentioned Game 6 between Nathan MacKinnon's Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars at 8 p.m. ET. Get captured up on the lastest from the NHL playoffs by watching Rob Pizzo's two-minute wrap-up.

All 5 Canadian songs players enjoy the second round of the United States Open.The problem is that a maximum of 4 -- and, most likely, no greater than 3 -- will advance to the 3rd round. That's due to the fact that Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil deal with each other in the men's draw tomorrow, while 104th-ranked Leylah Annie Fernandez is up versus females's No. 2 seed Sofia Kenin. Men's No. 15 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime faces a fascinating challenger in Andy Murray -- a previous world No. 1 who's been up to 115th. The only Canadian in action today is the highest-seeded one: guys's No. 12 Denis Shapovalov. He faces Soonwoo Kwon, who's ranked 73rd worldwide. The match will start sometime after 5 p.m. ET. Quick non-Canadian note from the other day: Serena Williams chose up her 102nd United States Open match win, passing Chris Evert for the professional-era record. Check out more about that here.

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We forgot a few things in our "September to bear in mind" list. In the other day's newsletter covering the overwhelming amount of huge sporting events occurring this month, I excluded the Kentucky Derby (this Saturday), the French Open (starts Sept. 21) and the Tour de France (on now through Sept. 20). Thanks to those who composed in about the omissions. Include those to your calendar-- if there's any space left.


Did you understand that 3 of Canada's best young professional athletes were born in the very same week? CBC Sports' Devin Heroux unearthed this bit: Olympic swimming champion Penny Oleksiak, No. 3 NBA draft choice RJ Barrett and tennis star Bianca Andreescu got here in a span of four days in the year 2000 -- on June 13, 14 and 16, respectively. And soccer phenom Alphonso Davies was born a couple of months later on, on Nov. 2. Learn more about the 4 of them here.

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