The Winnipeg Jets were scored on just 20 seconds into the game by Ryan O’Reilly, his 26th of the year that bounced off Bryan Little’s skate on a pass from Matt Duchene and Jamie McGinn. The Jets bounced back at 3:15 on Andrew Ladd’s 20th goal of the season on a blistering wrist shot off the left wing that went off the far post and in, assists to Bryan Little and Jacob Trouba. The Jets scored again at 12:08 on a beautiful passing play. Olli Jokinen dropped the puck to Blake Wheeler who sprinted behind the goal and gave a nice goal mouth pass to Eric Tangradi who fired it into the empty side for his 2nd of the year. The Jets were guilty of some giveaways in their own end and it finally caught up with the Jets as the Colorado Avalanche scored at 17:47 on Gabriel Landeskog’s 21st of the year from Andre Benoit and Nathan McKinnon. Shots on goal after the first were 12-8 for the Avalanche.
Al Montoya started for the Jets with Michael Hutchinson backing him up as Ondrej Pavelec is out with a lower body injury. Joining Pavelec on the injury list was Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Bogosian, who was a last minute scratch and in came Paul Postma and Eric Tangradi took the spot for Byfuglien and both got on the score sheet in the first 2 periods. In goal for the Avalanche was Reto Berra acquired from the Calgary Flames. Montoya was guilty of some juicy rebounds in that first period as well.
The second period was dominated by the Jets as they out shot the Avalanche 11-5. Evander Kane scored his 17th of the year from Devin Setoguchi and Paul Postma at 12:02 to take the lead 3-2. The Jets took the play to the road weary Avalanche after playing in Montreal the night before. But as has happened so many times this year, the Jets let the Avs back in it late at 19:29 on Nick Holden’s 8th of the year from Tyson Barrie and Maxime Talbot. Montoya was cheating over to his left anticipating the cross ice pass but Holden hung on to it and put it in the short side.
In the third period the Jets’ Ladd scored on the powerplay at 4:58 his 21st of the season and second of the game assisted by Blake Wheeler and Tobias Enstrom.
Ladd had a couple of glorious chances to get the hat trick but as usual with these two teams they ended up going into overtime and with the Avalanche putting some early pressure it was Blake Wheeler who showed amazing patience and put it in the top corner with the goalie sprawled out and 2 Avalanche players sprawled out and Postma in the net and the Jets get the valuable 2 points to keep their playoff hopes alive. It was Wheeler’s 24th of the year his first in 12 games assisted by Paul Postma and Tobias Enstrom at 1:24 into overtime.
Shots on goal were 27-27. Considering the injuries the Jets had with Byfuglien and Bogosian out not to mention the long list of the walking injured they played a pretty good game and came away with the 2 points.
The Jets next game is at home as they host the Carolina Hurricanes at 6 pm central time. The game is on Hockey Night In Canada CBC.
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