Kane’s 2 Goals Lead Jets Past Avalanche 4-1
DENVER (AP) — Evander Kane scored two goals, Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves, and the Winnipeg Jets handed the Colorado Avalanche their first home loss in a month, 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Colorado’s home-winning streak was snapped at eight one night after the Avalanche broke a nine-game losing streak on the road with a 4-2 victory at Minnesota. The Avalanche avoided being shut out for a fifth time this season when Kevin Porter scored at 14:48 of the third period.
The Avalanche also had a season-high tying, five-game winning streak broken.
Jim Slater and Tim Stapleton also had goals for the Jets, who won on the road for just the fifth time in 18 games.
Finishing a back-to-back set for the fourth time this season, Colorado fell behind from the outset and couldn’t solve Pavelec’s until late. Pavelec made a nifty stop on Daniel Winnik’s shot from point-blank range early in the third period, and got in front of a slap shot from between the circles by Milan Hejduk.
Kane ended a season-high, seven-game streak without a goal at 16:37 of the first period. He beat goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere with a wrist shot that sailed into the net over his glove.
Winnipeg was on the power play when it took a 2-0 lead 1:21 into the second. Giguere couldn’t control a rebound, and Stapleton got to the puck at the doorstep and put it in for his 10th goal.
Kane scored his second goal of the night at 14:52 of the second. Chris Thorburn set him up with a pass across the slot that Kane knocked in from in front.
The Jets took advantage of a Colorado turnover in front of their net and scored their fourth goal. Slater jumped on the loose puck and put it in the net with a sweeping swing of his stick as he fell. Slater appeared to be shaken up on the play, and skated off the ice holding his side. He didn’t return.
NOTES: The Avalanche hadn’t lost at home since falling to Dallas on Nov. 28. … Winnipeg has scored 40 goals in the first period, second to Philadelphia’s 41. … Kane, playing in his 174th NHL game, has scored 50 career goals. … The Avs fell to 2-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season.
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