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Avs D Liles extends season-opening point streak to 9 games, setting NHL record

VANCOUVER – Colorado Avalanche defenceman John-Michael Liles extended his point streak to nine games Tuesday, setting an NHL record for the longest streak to open a season by a defenceman.

Liles assisted on Daniel Winnik’s second-period goal in a game against the Vancouver Canucks. Liles, a 29-year-old Indianapolis native, surpassed the previous mark of eight set by Philip Kuba of the Ottawa Senators in 2008-09.

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Brad Park of the Boston Bruins had the record of seven since 1981-82 before Andrei Markov of Montreal tied it in 2008-09 and then Kuba surpassed it the same season.