Jets 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)

Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Right winger Blake Wheeler scored with two seconds left in overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night.
Goalie Al Montoya stopped 32 shots and left winger Andrew Ladd also scored for the Jets, who stopped a two-game road losing streak.
Wheeler gave the Jets the win when he shoved the puck past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov as time was running out in the extra period to give Winnipeg the win.
Varlamov stopped 35 shots and center Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado, which has lost four straight, three after regulation.
After going almost 52 minutes without a goal in the game, the teams scored 29 seconds apart. Ladd gave the Jets a 1-0 lead with his 10th of the season with 8:18 left in regulation.
The Avalanche came right back and tied it when MacKinnon's shot went off the skate of Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian with 7:49 remaining. It was MacKinnon's ninth of the year.
Colorado lost a key part of its offense when right winger P.A. Parenteau suffered a left knee injury late in the second period. Parenteau got his right skate caught with Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba near center ice and his left knee buckled.
Parenteau was helped off the ice and into the locker room. Parenteau, who last year was tied for the most points on the Avalanche, is the fourth on the team this season with 24 points.
The teams had plenty of shots and chances -- including a power play each -- but couldn't score in the first two periods. Varlamov had 22 saves entering the third and Montoya 17.
The Jets had more scoring opportunities and the best one came from left winger Evander Kane with 4:57 left in the second. The young star got the puck in the right circle with a great look but Varlamov made a glove save to keep Winnipeg off the scoreboard.
Colorado left winger Gabriel Landeskog went off for a slash with 12:19 left in the third. The Jets controlled the puck throughout the power play but couldn't score on the four shots they threw at Varlamov.
NOTES: Avalanche C Matt Duchene entered Sunday with 98 career goals. He trails only John Tavares of the New York Islanders in goals among players drafted in 2009. He has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his last eight games. ... Winnipeg D Zach Bogosian (flu) and D Mark Stuart (lower body injury) returned to the lineup after missing one game each. ... Colorado had scored a power-play goal in four of its last five games heading into the matchup with the Jets. ... Jets RW Chris Thorburn played in his 499th career game Sunday. ... The Avalanche's 23-11-3 record before Sunday was third best in franchise history, trailing only the 1994-95 Nordiques and the 2000-01 Stanley Cup championship team.

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