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MacKinnon nets first career hat trick to lift Avalanche to 5-4 win over Lightning

  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, front, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period of an NHL hockey game  Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, front, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, makes a pad save of a shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period of an NHL hockey game  Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, makes a pad save of a shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, front, of Russia, takes a shot as Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, comes in to cover in the first period of an NHL hockey game  Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, front, of Russia, takes a shot as Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, comes in to cover in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

Teenage center Nathan MacKinnon had the first hat trick of his young career, Matt Duchene also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 on Sunday.

Alex Tanguay had a goal and Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for the Avalanche, who have won four of five. Ryan O'Reilly added two assists for Colorado

MacKinnon, at 19 years and 5 months, became the youngest player in Avalanche history to score three goals in a game. It was Colorado's first hat trick since Duchene did it Nov. 4, 2011, at Dallas, a span of 258 games.

Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists for Tampa Bay, and Nikita Kucherov added a goal and an assist. Ondrej Palat and Brett Connolly also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 13 saves.