Gabe Landeskog broke a tie midway through the third period and the Colorado Avalanche overcame Sidney Crosby’s natural hat trick to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Colorado won its sixth straight and is 8-0-1 in its last nine.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, left, loses control of the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang covers in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, left, loses control of the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang covers in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Nathan MacKinnon had three assists and an empty-net goal with 29 seconds left, his 18th goal of the season. Samuel Girard, Erik Johnson and Colin Wilson also scored for Colorado, and Mikko Rantanen had two assists.

Crosby erased a 3-0 deficit by himself. He struck twice in the final minute of the second period. His first came off his own rebound on a breakaway with 52 seconds to go, and struck again with 10 seconds left with Colorado defenseman Patrik Nemeth off for holding. Crosby tied it at 4:43 of the second to complete his first hat trick of the season. He has 13 goals.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio, right, checks Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Garrett Wilson in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio, right, checks Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Garrett Wilson in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Landeskog broke the tie with his 15th goal at 10:05. The Penguins pulled Tristan Jarry for an extra skater, but MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg scored to seal it.

Girard gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with his second goal of the season at 11:19 of the first period, Johnson scored at 5:13 of the second and Wilson made it 3-0 at 7:52 of the second.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, center, follows his shot as the puck goes by Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer, left, while Colorado Defenseman Erik Johnson looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, center, follows his shot as the puck goes by Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer, left, while Colorado Defenseman Erik Johnson looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Penguins challenged Johnson’s goal for goaltender interference but it was upheld upon review.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer, left, stops a shot off the stick of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, right, as Colorado center Carl Soderberg, back, looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer, left, stops a shot off the stick of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, right, as Colorado center Carl Soderberg, back, looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NOTES: Colorado D Tyson Barrie missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Pittsburgh D Kris Letang, who set a franchise record for games played in Winnipeg on Tuesday, had his four-game point streak ended. … Colorado is 1-1-1 on the second game of back-to-back sets this season. It is 3-1-0 in the first game. … The first penalty wasn’t called until Crosby drew a holding the stick minor 49 seconds into the second period. Colorado’s Alexander Kerfoot got a high-sticking minor 19 seconds later.

UP NEXT:

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, left, picks up a loose puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, left, picks up a loose puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Penguins: Host Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Avalanche: Host St. Louis on Friday night.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, left, picks up a loose puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen pursues in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, left, picks up a loose puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen pursues in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Source: The Associated Press

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