The Colorado Avalanche erased a 2-0 Winnipeg Jets lead in the first period to come back and win 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night at the MTS Centre.
Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau both scored in the extra shots, while Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd were stopped.
The loss keeps the Jets at .500 on the year with a 14-14-5 record. Winnipeg has now lost back-to-back games and four straight at the MTS Centre. The Jets are 5-4 in shootouts this season.
Colorado improves to 21-9-0 with the win, tying a franchise record for most wins in the first 30 games to start a season. The victory snaps a two-game losing skid.
Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves in the loss and drops to 10-13-3 on the year while Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov improved to 14-8-0 with a save performance.
The Jets came out of the gates hot and were rewarded with a 2-0 lead 5:25 into the first period.
Blake Wheeler scored his eighth of the season just 24 seconds in with a shot that deflected off the skate of a Colorado defenceman and past Varlamov.
Michael Frolik made it 2-0 on the Jets' second power play of the frame, tipping a Jacob Trouba shot from the point. Trouba earned his first point on home ice with the assist.
The Avs cut the lead in half 15:08 into the frame. Duchene scored his 13th of the season, beating defenceman Dustin Byfuglien wide before shovelling the puck blocker side on Pavelec.
The Jets fell into some penalty trouble to start the second period, taking two penalties in the first 10 minutes. They would kill both off, keeping the 2-1 lead.
Colorado would even things up, however, with a goal from Ryan O’Reilly. With pressure in the Jets' end, Duchene would walk out from behind the net, feeding the puck to O’Reilly for his 10th of the season.
The Jets would lose the lead with 2.6 seconds to go in the second period. Duchene scored his second goal and third point, sliding an open puck in front under the arm of Pavelec for his 14th of the season.
Wheeler evened things up midway through the third period, scoring his second of the game on the power play. The Jets now have three power play goals in their last two games.
The Jets outshot the Avalanche, 36-26, and Dustin Byfuglien led all Jets with 28:57 of ice time.
Thursday night's match was the second of three consecutive games against Central Division rivals. The Jets fell 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. They’ll end the week with a game against the Dallas Stars Saturday afternoon.
First period summary:
Goals – 1. WPG Wheeler (8) (Enstrom, Little) 00:24 2. WPG Frolik (Trouba, Clitsome) 5:25 3. COL Duchene (13) (O’Reilly, Guenin) 15:08
Penalties – COL Johnson (Holding) 2:24, COL Guenin (Delay of game) 3:47, COL (Bench minor) 6:47
Second period summary:
Goals – 4. COL O’Reilly (10) (Duchene, Sarich) 14:47 5. COL Duchene (14) (None) 19:57
Penalties – WPG Thorburn (High-sticking), WPG Jokinen (Tripping) 9:56, COL Landeskog (Tripping) 12:07
Third period summary:
Goals – 6. Wheeler (9) PPG (Scheifele, Clitsome) 10:00
Penalties – COL Sarich (Tripping) 8:02, COL Landeskog (Boarding) 14:10
Goals – No goals
Penalties – No penalties
- Jets – Setoguchi (No goal)
- Avs – Duchene (Goal)
- Jets – Ladd (No goal)
- Avs – Parenteau (Goal)