Well, that’s the first loss on home ice the Avalanche have had in a while. And, at least they still got a point. That’s probably all they deserved tonight, though, as the Winnipeg Jets were just the little bit better team overall in a 4-3 overtime victory over the defending Stanley Cup champs at Ball Arena.
Even though the Avalanche outshot the Jets 33-28 and carried the play much of the second half of the game, they just dug themselves too much of a hole at the start to ultimately overcome. The Avalanche were down 2-0 after one period, looking listless at both ends of the ice and giving up another power-play goal.
Whatever Jared Bednar said after the first period had the right effect, as the Avalanche played pretty well in the final two periods. But, Neal Pionk’s far-post shot coming down the right side on a 2-on-1 beat Alexandar Georgiev 31 seconds into OT, after Nathan MacKinnon had a pass up the dasher in the offensive zone picked off and it was off to the races for the Jets from there.
My overall thoughts and observations from the game: