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Six Jets score against Avalanche

Connor Hellebuyck makes 22 saves, just misses back-to-back shutouts

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck came within 16 seconds of back-to-back shutouts in a 6-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at MTS Centre on Saturday.  

Hellebuyck, making his 10th straight start, made 22 saves before allowing his first goal in almost two games to Gabriel Landeskog, who deflected a point shot past him 19:44 into the third period. Hellebuyck made 29 saves in a 3-0 win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday. 

"You have no idea, that is the worst feeling ever," Hellebuyck said. "But we got the win, so I'm happy. I know I made a mistake sliding out a little bit."

 

WATCH: All Avalanche vs. Jets highlights

 

Six players scored for the Jets (30-30-6), who trail the Los Angeles Kings by two points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference; the Kings played the Vancouver Canucks later Saturday.

Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a goal and two assists; and Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, Ben Chiarot and Jacob Trouba scored for Winnipeg. 

Video: COL@WPG: Laine roofs puck home to open the scoring

"It was a carryover from [Friday]," Wheeler said. "I think we were excited about our game after a huge game. We showed up and played well [Friday]. You do that and then you have an opportunity to come back and repeat it less than 24 hours later, I think you find your team plays really well after nights like that."

Calvin Pickard allowed five goals on 20 shots for the Avalanche (17-43-3) and was pulled at 9:00 of the second period. Jeremy Smith made 10 saves in relief. 

"We just came out not ready to play," Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "At one point you've got to start showing some pride. This is the NHL, and right now we're just playing shinny hockey. It's just embarrassing."

Laine scored at 4:22 of the first period. He circled back to the top of the slot with the puck and took a slap shot that deflected off Matt Duchene's stick into the top corner. 

Laine leads NHL rookies with 32 goals, one more than Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews. Laine is two goals behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the overall NHL lead. 

Wheeler made it 2-0 at 9:47 of the first on the power play. Scheifele finished a tic-tac-toe play 15 seconds later to make it 3-0 with his 27th. Chiarot made it 4-0 at 7:03 of the second period with his first of the season, and Ehlers pushed the lead to 5-0, tapping in his 21st at 9:05. Trouba scored his sixth at 13:54 of the third period to make it 6-0.

Video: COL@WPG: Wheeler buries a PPG from the left circle

"The second and the third, it's just frustration, and guys start to fragment and go off on their own pages and all of a sudden you look like a Junior C team," Landeskog said.

 

Goal of the game 

Two quick passes, first Ehlers to Laine and then Laine to Scheifele, caught Colorado's defense in the first period. 

Video: COL@WPG: Scheifele buries Laine's slick feed

 

Save of the game

Pickard got across his crease in time to get his glove on a Laine one-timer late in the first period with the Jets on the power play. 

Video: COL@WPG: Pickard snags Laine's laser

 

Highlight of the game

Ehlers faked a shot and waited out Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson before finding Chiarot pinching in from the blue line for his goal in the second period. 

Video: COL@WPG: Chiarot, Ehlers connect for nifty goal

 

Unsung performance of the game

Jets forward Joel Armia had three shots, one hit and five takeaways in 18:35, including 3:29 shorthanded. 

 

They said it

"We've come back on teams a handful of times after deficits like that, so kind of learning on our experiences. When we come back on teams, it's partly because we turned our game up a little bit but partly because they stopped plays a little bit too. So, you just don't allow that to happen. Games like that, you have to respect your opponents. A team with that caliber of firepower up front, they get one goal, it's pretty easy for them to start rolling. You just don't want to give them anything to get any momentum." -- Jets captain Blake Wheeler on keeping the focus after the first period

 

"That one play probably sums up a little bit of what's going on. We're on a breakaway. It seems like we're always looking for a better play. It can't be simple. It has to be simple. We need to keep it simple and we need to make sure we're competing at a high level. That was part of the snowball effect tonight." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on Blake Comeau's missed opportunity on a second-period breakaway

 

Need to know

Hellebuyck had a shutout streak of 121:54. ... Byfuglien has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a seven-game point streak. … Perreault has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) during those seven games.

 

What's next

Avalanche: Host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the San Jose Sharks on Monday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, CSN-CA, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Wheeler, Ehlers lead Jets to 6-1 win vs. Avalanche

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