WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Cal Makar scored a power-playing goal 2:42 in overtime to lift the NHL’s leading Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the struggling Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
Andrei Burakowski and Nathan McKinnon each scored a goal and assist, and Nicholas Ob-Koppel, Eric Johnson and Nathan McKinnon scored for Avalanche, who won five games in a row. Added help desks.
Pavel Francos has blocked Colorado’s 39 shots, a 9-1-1 in his last 11 games, and ended a three-game wild ride on Saturday in Edmonton against the Oilers.
Mark Shefelli and Nikolai Ehlers scored twice and added an assist to Winnipeg, which had not won in four games (0-3-1).
Shifley’s second goal made it 4-3 with 3:35 left in the third half.
Colorado striker Mikko Rantanen scored a penalty 44 seconds from the end of the match. The Jets pulled Hellebuyck for a two-player advantage and Ehlers scored with 16 seconds left to send the match into overtime.
Ehlers was then called in to cut McKinnon 45 seconds into the overtime period, and Maker scored his 25th goal of the season to finish it off.
Conor Hellebuek made 32 saves in his 60th game of the season for the Jets, who led 0-2-1 in three home games.
The Jets are seven points behind the dormant Dallas Stars for second in the Western Conference Championships.
Winnipeg was without Captain Blake Wheeler (upper body), who was injured in last Wednesday’s loss to Detroit.
Colorado got a lucky jump on his first goal. Aube-Kubel’s pass to the front of the net hit the Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon’s sled and smashed into the net at 5:10 of the opening period.
Winnipeg then scored a penalty kick before equalizing the match with a Shevili 28th goal.
Scheffel and Ehlers reached a two-for-one, with Ehlers passing to Scheffel on the side of the net for a low shot that passed Francos’ sled at 10:32.
Ehlers made it 2-1 after a failed breakout attempt by an avalanche. Scheifele got the disc and sent it to Ehlers in front of the net, pressing Ehlers into a rebound with 2:25 left in the period.
Burakovsky scored his 20th goal of the season to equalize at 3:55 of the second half.
Winnipeg’s spin saw Johnson put the Avs ahead 3-2 in 9:11.
Colorado’s JT Comfer earned a penalty after Dillon tied it, but his backhand shot missed the net with 2:42 left.
McKinnon’s 25th goal of the season widened the lead to 4-2 at 4:04 from third.
Avalanche: In Edmonton on Saturday night.
Planes: In Ottawa on Sunday night.
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