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Winnipeg Jets Quick Hit: Jets lose 4-3 in Shootout to Avs

By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets lost 4-3 in the shootout to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night at the MTS. Here is what you need to know:

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (9) celebrates his goal in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 12, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (9) celebrates his goal in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 12, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

How it happened: Well, the game started off in the best way possible for the Winnipeg Jets. Two first period goals, both within the first five and a half minutes of the initial frame, gave the Jets a dream start. They peppered Colorado Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov with 14 shots, only giving up four themselves.

The Avs came slow out of the gate and were dominated by the Jets for the first 10 minutes before waking up. Matt Duchene netted his 13th of the season with just under five minutes to go in the first, cutting his teams deficit to one into the break.

The wheels fell off the wagon in the second for the Jets. Duchene added his 14th of the year and second of the game and assisted on a Ryan O’Reilly goal to give the Avs a 3-2 lead. The Avalanche dominated affairs in the second, outshooting the Jets by a 13-4 margin. 

The third looked to be pretty much status quo until Blake Wheeler hit the back of the net for the second time in the game. Scheifele fired a shot on goal and Wheeler made no mistake on the juicy rebound from Varlamov. The goal came on the power play for the Jets, who have score twice in as many games on the man-advantage.

The Jets did their best for the rest of the third, creating lots of pressure and upping the shot count, but they couldn’t beat Varlamov. This game would need overtime, which solved nothing, and thus a shootout.

Matt Duchene scored in the lottery and when Ladd missed on his attempt P.A. Parenteau had a chance to win it and did on a beauty shot upstairs on Pavelec.

What it means: With the loss, the Winnipeg Jets are now nine points out of the fourth spot in the Central Division. They gained a point but it is hardly the result this team needs in the Central Division.

Jets player of the game: Blake Wheeler put in a solid effort tonight. He scored twice in the game and chipped in for five shots on the night. The case could be made for Jacob Trouba who assisted on Frolik’s power play marker and drew a penalty after a solid individual effort.

Jets stat of the game: The Jets have now given up the their first goal against on the fourth shot of the game for their opponents in back-to-back games. Alexander Steen scored on the Blues’ fourth attempt on Tuesday with Duchene potting the Avs first goal on Thursday on their fourth attempt.

What is next for the Jets: The Jets will welcome the Dallas Stars to town on Saturday to cap off their three-game home stand and will be looking for their first win in at home since Nov. 15th.

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