Colorado Avalanche Topped By Winnipeg Jets In 4-2 Loss At Home
DENVER -- Evander Kane scored two goals, Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves, and the Winnipeg Jets handed the Colorado Avalanche their first home loss in a month, 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Colorado's home-winning streak was snapped at eight one night after the Avalanche broke a nine-game losing streak on the road with a 4-2 victory at Minnesota. The Avalanche avoided being shut out for a fifth time this season when Kevin Porter scored at 14:48 of the third period.
The Avalanche also had a season-high tying, five-game winning streak broken.
Jim Slater and Tim Stapleton also had goals for the Jets, who won on the road for just the fifth time in 18 games.
Finishing a back-to-back set for the fourth time this season, Colorado fell behind from the outset and couldn't solve Pavelec's until late. Pavelec made a nifty stop on Daniel Winnik's shot from point-blank range early in the third period, and got in front of a slap shot from between the circles by Milan Hejduk.
Kane ended a season-high, seven-game streak without a goal at 16:37 of the first period. He beat goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere with a wrist shot that sailed into the net over his glove.
Winnipeg was on the power play when it took a 2-0 lead 1:21 into the second. Giguere couldn't control a rebound, and Stapleton got to the puck at the doorstep and put it in for his 10th goal.
Kane scored his second goal of the night at 14:52 of the second. Chris Thorburn set him up with a pass across the slot that Kane knocked in from in front.
The Jets took advantage of a Colorado turnover in front of their net and scored their fourth goal. Slater jumped on the loose puck and put it in the net with a sweeping swing of his stick as he fell. Slater appeared to be shaken up on the play, and skated off the ice holding his side. He didn't return.
NOTES: The Avalanche hadn't lost at home since falling to Dallas on Nov. 28. ... Winnipeg has scored 40 goals in the first period, second to Philadelphia's 41. ... Kane, playing in his 174th NHL game, has scored 50 career goals. ... The Avs fell to 2-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season.