NHL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Colorado|
(Sunday, December 29th)
Final Score: Winnipeg 2, Colorado 1 (OT)
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Wheeler scored 4:58 into overtime to
lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Andrew Ladd netted the game's first goal for Winnipeg 11:42 into the third
period. Until then, Al Montoya and Semyon Varlamov kept every shot out of
On the winner, Wheeler scored from the low slot after Mark Scheifele fed him a
pass from the right side.
Wheeler said he had "no idea" there was that little time left.
"I knew it was close to the end," he said. "Monty made a great save at our end
and I knew we had one more whack at it."
Montoya had 33 saves for Winnipeg, including five in overtime. The Jets won
their second in a row.
"I thought this was a good road win for us," said Ladd. "We kept getting the
pucks deep tonight and when we keep doing something over and over again
something good comes from it."
Nathan MacKinnon scored the tying goal for Colorado just 29 seconds after
Ladd's but the Avs suffered their season-worst fourth loss in a row. The first
three came on an 0-1-2 road trip against Los Angeles, San Jose and Chicago --
three of the top teams in the Western Conference.
Those tough losses followed by Sunday's heartbreaker was a lot to take.
"We have to be able to hang on there (at the end)," said MacKinnon. "We have
to generate more shots and be a little more simple-minded, especially in
physical games like that."
The Avs started a seven-game homestand. They lost winger PA Parenteau to a
left knee injury in the second period.
Wheeler assisted on Ladd's goal with a backhand pass from behind the net into
the slot. MacKinnon's goal came on a slapshot from the right side.
The Avs host Columbus on Tuesday ... The Jets return home to play Buffalo on
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