Little helps Jets beat Avalanche 2-1 in OT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Bryan Little scored at 4:35 of overtime, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Little redirected Andrew Ladd’s backhander past Semyon Varlamov for his fifth goal of the season.
Ladd also had the game’s first goal, and Ondrej Pavelec finished with 22 saves.
Jamie McGinn scored for Colorado, and Varlamov had 26 stops.
Both teams had power-play chances late in regulation.
With 3:32 to go, Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was called for holding, giving the Avalanche their fourth power play of the game.
Winnipeg then went on its third power play after forward John Mitchell was called for tripping with 1:18 left. It had a shot blocked and another stopped by Varlamov.
Pavelec then stopped a one-timer by defenseman Tyson Barrie.
Winnipeg spent a lot of time in Colorado’s end at the start of the game and it paid off when Ladd stood in front of the net and redirected Zach Bogosian’s shot from the point through Varlamov’s legs at 6:25.
It was Ladd’s 100th goal with the Winnipeg franchise.
The Jets were unsuccessful on their only power-play opportunity in the first. But the Avalanche used the man advantage to tie the game with 18 seconds left in the period.
With Bogosian serving a double minor for high-sticking Matt Duchene, McGinn got his stick on a rebound off Barrie’s one-timer and earned his third goal of the season.
Barrie extended his point streak to four games (five assists, one goal). Alex Tanguay also got an assist, putting him on a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists).
The game got heated with 4:01 left in the second after Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien checked Barrie hard into the boards. Mitchell then came at Byfuglien, who smashed him to the ice, too.
Mitchell was assessed four minutes for roughing and Byfuglien received a roughing minor.
Colorado killed the penalty and then went on the power play to end the scoreless period on a Winnipeg holding call at 18:49.
The Avs have the man advantage for 49 seconds to open the third, but didn’t register a shot. Pavelec later turned aside a few Colorado shots, including a drive by Jarome Iginla.
Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson appeared to bang his helmet hard into the boards during a check and didn’t return to the ice.
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