Rapid Recap: Avalanche 5, Jets 4 OT

Rapid Recap: Avalanche 5, Jets 4 OT

The Colorado Avalanche topped the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in overtime on Friday night at Canada Life Center.

Friday’s win featured an overtme power-play goal from Cale Makar (1G, 1A), while Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Andre Burakovsky (1G, 1A), Erik Johnson and Nathan MacKinnon (1G, 1A) scored in regulaton. Mikko Rantanen and Alex Newhook each handed out two assists.

Pavel Francouz made 39 saves on 43 shots in the win.

Colorado has now won five-straight games and is riding a seven-game point streak (6-0-1).

THE SCORING:

1st Period:

5:10 – COL 1, WPG 0 – Nicolas Aube-Kubel broke the scoring as his centering feed into the low slot took a fortuitous deflection off the skate of Brenden Dillon and past Connor Hellebuyck. Alex Newhook and Josh Manson collected the assists.

10:32 – WPG 1, COL 1 – In a quick transition play up ice, Mark Scheifele buried his shot short side to even the score 1-1. Nikolaj Ehlers and Paul Stastny recorded the assists.

17:35 – WPG 2, COL 1 – The Jets double their lead as they force a turnover on an attempted zone exit by the Avalanche. Mark Scheifele found Nikolaj Ehlers down low where he buried his own rebound past Pavel Francouz.

2nd Period

3:55 – COL 2, WPG 2 – Andre Burakovsky entered the zone with speed and then wired a wrist shot over Connor Hellebuyck’s glove to tie the score 2-2. Cale Makar and Bo Byram picked up the assists.

9:11 – COL 3, WPG 2 – Erik Johnson joined the attack and fired his shot from the high slot into twine to extend Colorado’s lead to 3-2. Alex Newhook and Nico Sturm tallied the assists.

* Colorado Penalty Shot – JT Compher was awarded a penalty shot late in the second period, but his attempt went wide.

3rd Period

4:04 – COL 4, WPG 2 – Nathan MacKinnon showed patience as he put the puck past Hellebuyck to extend Colorado’s lead 4-3. Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen registered the assists.

16:25 – COL 4, WPG 3 – Mark Scheifele skated through Colorado’s defense and zipped his shot far side of French to trim Winnipeg’s deficit down to one goal. Josh Morrissey tallied the assist.

19:44 – WPG 4, COL 4 PPG – As the clock wound down, the Jets sent the game into overtme on Mikko Rantanen’s cross-checking penalty. Nikolaj Ehlers swept in a puck on the back door to equalize the score 4-4. Josh Morrissey notched the assist.

Overtme:

2:42 – COL 5, WPG 4, PPG – Cale Makar scored a one-timer shortsided on the power play to secure the victory for the Avalanche. Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon recorded the assists.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Avalanche were 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Pavel Francouz made 39 saves on 43 shots for the Avalanche.

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves on 37 shots for the Penguins.

NOTEBOOK

Francouz made his 15th start of the season and improved his record to 14-3-1… Aube-Kubel buried his ninth goal of the season… With the goal, Andre Burakovsky hit the 20-goal mark for the second time in his career as he matched a career-high. The winger also extended his point streak to four games where he’s totaled six points (2G, 4A) in that span… Burakovsky is the sixth player on Colorado’s roster to have hit the 20-goal mark this season, which ranks the second highest in the NHL behind St. Louis… Johnson scored his seventh goal of the season… MacKinnon talled hs 25th goal of the season and now has three goals in his last two games… Makar scored his 25th goal of the season. With an assist, Makar now has 52 helpers on the season which is tied with Ray Bourque for the second-most by a defenseman in Avs / Nordiques history. Valeri Nichushkin returned to the lineup after missing one game… The Avalanche improved to 39-2-4 when scoring first, which ranks the best in the NHL…

ROSTER REPORT

Valeri Nichushkin returned to the lineup after missing one game.

INJURY UPDATE

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery. Samuel Girard is sidelined with a lower-body injury and Nazem Kadri remains out with an upper-body injury.

NEXT GAME:

The Avalanche continue their road trip as they travel to Edmonton to complete their back-to-back set on Saturday night. Puck drop between the Avs and Oilers is scheduled for 8 pm MT.

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