Wheeler's goal lifts Jets over Avalanche 2-1 in OT
- Associated Press
- December 29, 2013 - 11:25 PM
DENVER — Blake Wheeler scored at 4:58 of overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the slumping Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night.
Al Montoya stopped 33 shots and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg.
Wheeler won it for the Jets when he shoved the puck past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov with time ticking down in the extra period.
Wheeler leads the team with 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in December. He has three multigoal games this month.
Varlamov made 35 saves and Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado, which has lost four straight — three after regulation.
Ladd gave the Jets a 1-0 lead with 8:18 remaining in the third period. It was his 10th goal of the season.
MacKinnon answered 29 seconds later when his shot went off defenseman Zach Bogosian's skate and past Montoya.
Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau went down with a left knee injury late in the second period. Parenteau's right skate got tangled with the skate of Winnipeg defenseman Jeff Trouba near center ice, and Parenteau's left knee buckled.
Parenteau was helped off the ice and into the locker room. He didn't return.
Parenteau tied for the team lead in points last season with 43. He is fourth on the Avalanche this season with 24 points in 37 games.
The goalies dominated through the first two periods. Varlamov had a big save on Evander Kane's wrister from the right circle with 4:57 left the second to deny the Jets their best scoring chance in the first 40 minutes.
Colorado had a few opportunities, with the best coming late in the second, but Montoya kept the game scoreless with a couple of late saves.
Trouba had a chance with 12:25 left in the third but was slashed by Gabriel Landeskog. The Jets had four shots on the ensuing power play but couldn't beat Varlamov.
NOTES: Avalanche C Matt Duchene has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his last eight games. ... Bogosian (flu) and fellow defenseman Mark Stuart (lower-body injury) returned to the lineup after missing one game each.
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