Duchene Leads Avalanche Over Jets 4-3 In Shootout
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout, and the Colorado Avalanche stopped a two-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Duchene also scored twice and added an assist in regulation. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche (21-9).
Duchene gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with his second of the night, scored with 1.6 seconds left in the second period. He backhanded a rebound into the open side of the net as goalie Ondrej Pavelec tried to slide back.
But Winnipeg used its fifth power play to tie it 3-3 at 10:00 of the third period on Wheeler’s second goal of the night.
Colorado winger Gabriel Landeskog put Winnipeg on its sixth power play when he was called for boarding after he checked defenseman Mark Stuart face first into the boards with six minutes left in the third. The Jets couldn’t capitalize.
Winnipeg outshot Colorado 31-23 in regulation. The Jets had the 5-3 edge in overtime, with Pavelec making a big sliding stop on O’Reilly.
Just 24 seconds into the game, Wheeler spun around to the side of Varlamov and shot the puck. The rebound came out, hit the skate of defenseman Erik Johnson and went in for Wheeler’s eighth goal.
The Avalanche killed a two-man power play, but with 22 seconds left in Nate Guenin‘s penalty, Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba fired a one-timer from the point. Frolik stuck out his stick and redirected the puck past Varlamov at 5:25 for his eighth goal.
Duchene made it 2-1 with his team-leading 13th goal at 15:08 of the first when he went in alone on Pavelec and got a high shot past him.
Winnipeg outshot Colorado 14-4 in the first period, but the Avalanche turned the tables in the second, outplaying and outshooting the Jets 14-4.
The Avalanche went on the power play early in the second, but couldn’t beat Pavelec. They haven’t scored in their last 24 power plays.
Colorado tied it 2-2 on O’Reilly’s goal at 14:27.
NOTES: The Avalanche tied their most wins through 30 games in franchise history (21 in 2000-01 and 1994-95). … Winnipeg has played 20 games decided by one goal this season, and is 7-8-5 in those games … Colorado is 18-0 when ahead after two periods and 2-0 in shootouts this season.
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