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Jets score into own net, lose in overtime

Avalanche get win on Winnipeg miscue

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

DENVER -- Rene Bourque was credited with a goal at 1:23 of overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center on Friday. 

Bourque, who scored in the second period, was battling with Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers for the puck in the corner to the right of goalie Michael Hutchinson when Ehlers' attempted pass into the middle went into the net.


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"I was just behind the net and it kind of got moved to the corner and we were still battling 2-on-2 and [Ehlers] got the loose puck and just fired it," Bourque said. "I didn't even see it. I was facing the boards away from the goalie and I turned around and saw the puck bounce off the back of the pad into the net."

The play stunned Ehlers, who assisted on both goals for the Jets (7-7-2).

"I felt some pressure from two guys and thought I had some support," Ehlers said. "I tried to get the puck off the boards and to Toby [Enstrom]. The puck got past him and into the net."

Hutchinson and Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made big saves in overtime, Hutchinson against Erik Johnson 55 seconds in and Varlamov on Blake Wheeler's breakaway at 1:05.

Colorado (6-7-0) played the third period and overtime without center Matt Duchene, who sustained a head injury early in the second period and is being evaluated.

Video: WPG@COL: Rantanen roofs laser PPG for first NHL goal

The Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second period on goals by Wheeler and Mark Scheifele 2:33 apart.

Wheeler scored at 13:27 after Ehlers forced a turnover at the Avalanche blue line. Wheeler skated in alone on Varlamov and beat him to the stick side for his fifth goal.

Scheifele, who began the game leading the NHL in scoring, scored a power-play goal at 16:00 to make it 2-2. He has 10 goals and 20 points.

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at 1:03 of the second period on Mikko Rantanen's first NHL goal, which came on a power play. Johnson was inside the blue line when he passed to Rantanen in the right circle. Rantanen moved to the faceoff dot and beat Hutchinson high to the short side.

"Of course it feels good, especially when we win the game," said Rantanen, who played in his eighth NHL game this season and 17th overall. "They gave me a lot of room and I looked to get it to a linemate for a tip, but no one was open so I ripped it over the glove."

Bourque increased the Colorado lead to 2-0 at 9:33 with his third goal and second in two games. Tyson Barrie skated down the right side and passed across to Bourque near the crease on the left side for a tap-in.

Video: WPG@COL: Barrie sets up Bourque for tap-in goal


Goal of the game

Bourque was credited with the winner when Ehlers inadvertently shot the puck into his own net. "I'll take 20 more of those," Bourque said.

Video: WPG@COL: Avalanche win off Jets' miscue in OT


Save of the game

Varlamov made a glove save against Wheeler's breakaway 18 seconds before the winning goal. "He was rock solid the whole night and then saved the game for us in overtime," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

Video: WPG@COL: Varlamov denies Wheeler's breakaway in OT


Highlight of the game

Scheifele tied the game on the power play. Ehlers passed to Wheeler behind the net, and he fed Scheifele in the slot for a one-timer past Varlamov.

Video: WPG@COL: Scheifele nets PPG on nice feed from Wheeler


Unsung moment of the game

The Avalanche killed three consecutive penalties after the Jets tied the score, and five of six overall.


They said it

"I'm hoping he's going to be back [soon], but I have to talk with [the medical staff] and see what the plan is for him. He's played real well for us. He's been the driving force to the bulk of our offense this season." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, on center Matt Duchene


"It was nice to play against friends and amazing that he got his first NHL goal, and I'm happy for him. It was a nice goal, but a tough loss." -- Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine, on Avalanche forward and fellow Finland native Mikko Rantanen


Video: WPG@COL: Wheeler beats Varlamov with wicked wrister


Need to know

Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, a restricted free agent who signed a two-year contract on Monday, made his season debut and had two shots in 23:14 of ice time. "I didn't know too much what to expect, but I had some ice time," he said. "I need to make some better reads next time and make better adjustments." ... Scheifele has a five-game scoring streak (five goals, six assists), as does Ehlers (two goals, eight assists) ... Varlamov, who had 16 saves, ended his five-game losing streak. He faced two shots in the third period.


What's next

Jets: Home against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday (2 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Avalanche: Home against the Boston Bruins on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; ALT, NESN, NHL.TV)


Video: Bourque, Rantanen lead Avalanche past Jets in OT, 3-2

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