NHL·Recap

Jarome Iginla powers Avalanche past Jets to end 9-game skid

Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist, and the reeling Colorado Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Saturday.

Colorado improves to 5-24-2 in its last 31 games

From front left, Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla celebrates scoring a goal with left wing Matt Nieto, and centres Matt Duchene and Mikhail Grigorenko against the Winnipeg Jets. (David Zalubowski/The Associated Press)

For one day at least, Jarome Iginla and the Colorado Avalanche were all smiles at home.

Iginla had a goal and an assist, and the reeling Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Saturday.

Matt Nieto scored twice and Matt Duchene added three assists, helping Colorado stop a nine-game losing streak. Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg also scored, and Calvin Pickard had 23 saves.

"Today felt different than a lot of games," Iginla said. "We know we're a better group than we've been playing. It snowballed in the wrong direction for a while and then you lose your confidence as a group. This game it just felt like we went out and played as hard as we could and had fun doing it."

Colorado improved to 5-24-2 in its last 31 games. It also snapped a five-game skid at Pepsi Center, where it is 6-18-1 overall after its first regulation home win since Nov. 15.

Adam Lowry scored each of Winnipeg's goals, stopping a 21-game drought. The Jets had won three in a row.

'We couldn't generate our speed'

"It seemed like we were chasing, we couldn't really generate our speed that we're used to in the transition game and it seemed like we were fighting the puck a little bit," Lowry said.

Nieto broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second period, and Soderberg made it 4-2 2:04 into the third with his fifth of the season.

The game got heated midway through the third when Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov delivered an open-ice check on Mark Scheifele. It was the second hard check Zadorov had on the Winnipeg center, and Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba went after Zadorov. Both received fighting majors and Trouba a game misconduct.

"Trouba did a good job," Zadorov said. "If Dutchie would get the same hit, I would do the same thing, I would jump the guy. You got to protect your players. You got to protect your best player and Scheifele is one of the best players."

The Jets pulled Ondrej Pavelec for an extra skater with 2:20 left and Nieto scored into the empty net in the final minute.

Pavelec finished with 23 saves.

Offence stifled 

"We had a number of players, and a big number, that weren't at their `A' game," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "Our goaltender was really good again and we didn't have a whole lot going up front."

The Jets thought they took a 2-1 lead in the first period on Trouba's shot from the right circle. However, the goal was waved off when the official ruled Joel Armia interfered with Pickard.

Maurice thought Armia was checked into the goaltender and unsuccessfully challenged the call.

"Joel was taking an outside track to the tender and he wasn't able to stay out of that contact because of the hit that he took," Maurice said.

Iginla, who has talked openly about wanting to finish the season with a contender, assisted on Soderberg's goal and scored on the power play 5:27 into the game. He has seven goals and seven assists in 49 games this season.

"It does feel good," Iginla said. "It's been a while for us."

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now