A win against Winnipeg on Sunday night might have been enough for most to forget about the injury right winger PA Parenteau sustained late in the second period at Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche didn’t win, though—Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler pushed the puck across the goal line with 1.5 seconds left in overtime for a 2-1 Jets victory—so Parenteau’s knee injury came into sharp focus in the postgame, and it puts in jeopardy an 86-for-86 games played streak he’s authored since signing with the Avalanche in July 2012.
Winnipeg's late score was deflating in the short term for the Avalanche. Parenteau’s injury might have more lasting ramifications.
Defenseman Ryan Wilson had just returned Friday night from a 22-game absence after dealing with a back injury, and forward Alex Tanguay (knee/hip) remains on injured reserve after he went out Nov. 6 against Florida.
“Right now it’s hard to say,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said when asked about the severity of Parenteau’s injury. “We’ll have more idea tomorrow. He’s going to have an MRI tomorrow, then we’ll know better on what exactly it is.”READ MORE >
DENVER -- It took a little more than a month and nearly the entire five-minute overtime Sunday for the Winnipeg Jets to register back-to-back victories.
Blake Wheeler made it happen when he scored with 1.7 seconds left in OT to give the Jets a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
"I had no idea of the time left," said Wheeler, who also set up Andrew Ladd's third-period goal that gave the Jets a brief 1-0 lead. "I knew it was toward the end of it. We were at the end of our shift, too. We knew this was the last gasp. We wanted to get one more crack at it and we were able to find a hole there."
The Jets, who defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 at home on Friday, hadn't won back-to-back games since Nov. 25-27 when they beat the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.
"We're playing more consistent, but our season isn't built on two games," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "But we'll certainly take the positives out of the two games."
The winning play began after Jets goalie Al Montoya, who made 33 saves, stopped Ryan O'Reilly's shot from point-blank range with a few seconds remaining. The Jets took possession and raced into the Avalanche end. Dustin Byfuglien shot the puck off the end boards, Mark Scheifele got to the puck and passed to Wheeler in the slot for a redirection between goalie Semyon Varlamov's pads.
Varlamov, who made 35 saves, got a piece of the puck, but it leaked through and crossed the goal line just before the buzzer that would have sent the game to a shootout.
Friday night’s road game against the Blackhawks didn’t go the way anyone in the Avalanche locker room wanted it to. That much is clear, and it probably can go without saying
In a season chock-full of standout performances there have been a few clunkers, and a 7-2 setback to a divisional opponent like Chicago definitely fits that category. Friday’s was just one of those games for Colorado, which fell to 23-11-3, its third-best 37-game start in franchise history.
“You can’t put too much emphasis on one game,” rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon said. “If we were losing like that on a regular basis I think we would have something to worry about. But we’re in a great position, in terms of the standings. Obviously, in a very competitive Western Conference, we’re still up there.
“Losing 7-2 isn’t the kind of effort we wanted, but there’s a lot of factors that go into the game. [The Blackhawks] played really well, [and] we couldn’t really handle that, and I’m sure next time we play them will be a little different, as well as tonight.”
Tonight’s game comes against Winnipeg (17-18-5) and is the Avs’ first of seven straight games at Pepsi Center—their longest homestand of the season. Colorado is undefeated in two games against the Jets this season, but both games were hotly contested.
TV: Altitude; RDS2; TSN Jets
Last 10: Winnipeg 4-5-1, Colorado 3-4-3
Season series: The Avalanche has won the first two of the five-game Central Division set this season, and both were come-from-behind victories. Colorado rallied from a 2-1 deficit Oct. 27 with two goals in the third period of a 3-2 win in Denver and then came back from 2-0 Dec. 12 and defeated the Jets 4-3 in a shootout in Winnipeg.
Big story: While the Jets have dealt with inconsistency all season, the Avalanche is looking for to regain the form it had during a torrid start. The Jets scored five on the Florida Panthers last Friday, lost 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, gave up six goals to to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, then beat the Minnesota Wild 6-4 in their first game after the NHL's holiday break. The Avalanche has lost three in a row (0-1-2), including a 7-2 setback Friday night to Chicago.READ MORE >
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