Nathan MacKinnon breaks a Wayne Gretzky record

Leon Halip

Wayne Gretzky records are usually here to stay, but Nathan MacKinnon broke one on Thursday. SB Nation's GIF Tournament V

Records held by Wayne Gretzky don't fall very often, so when they do, it's kind of a big deal -- even if it isn't one of the big ones.

Thanks to Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, the top pick in the 2013 draft, one of The Great One's fell on Thursday.

With his assist on Andre Benoit's overtime winner against the Detroit Red Wings, MacKinnon extended his current point streak to 13 games, breaking Gretzky's previous record for longest point streak by an 18-year-old.

Whether the streak is a record doesn't really matter. MacKinnon has been on quite the roll for Colorado, recording a point in 16 of his past 17 games as one of the driving forces behind the Avalanche's surprising success this season.

With 22 goals this season, he also has a chance to reach the 30-goal mark, something that only eight players in NHL history have ever done at age-18 (it's only happened twice since 1990). The list: Sidney Crosby, Jeff Skinner, Dale Hawerchuck, Steve Yzerman, Jimmy Carson, Brian Bellows, Bob Carpenter and Trevor Linden.

Not a bad list to potentially be a part of.

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