Any hope that the Colorado Avalanche would build off of their 7-3 breakout victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday has been dashed. The Winnipeg Jets are the only team in the Central Division with a worse record than the Avalanche, but they still managed to earn a 2-1 overtime win against the reigning division champions.
It was the sixth time in nine games that Colorado was held to two or fewer goals. Jarome Iginla and Matt Duchene were held off the scoresheet after excelling against Vancouver while sophomore Nathan MacKinnon is still searching for his first goal of the season.
To make matters worse, Erik Johnson suffered an undisclosed injury after being hit into the boards by Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart, per the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe. He missed most of the third period and overtime as a result.
Colorado nearly survived to a shootout, but a shot by Andrew Ladd that was deflected by Bryan Little managed to trickle by goaltender Semyon Varlamov:
That was Little’s fifth marker of the season. No one on Colorado has more than three goals so far.