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Game 54 recap: Avs lay egg in Winnipeg

Fresh off two dreadful performances, the Avs make it three-for-three by getting defeated 5-3 by the Winnipeg Jets in a game that wasn't that close.

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Less than 24 hours after another embarrassing performance in the Twin Cities, the Avalanche take on the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are in a bit of a freefall with six straight losses, yielding 25 goals in that span. Will that help the Avs get their struggling offense going? This is the third Jets game I’ve done: Let’s get to it!

Tyson Barrie took part in the warm up, and is a go. Yay!

Varlamov and Pavelec are in between the pipes for this one.

First period

The Avs get the first chance of the game 90 seconds in as Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla combine in the offensive zone, but Iginla can’t finish. Soon after, two guys that shouldn’t be in the league fight. Next.  

Barrie has already looked bright within the first five minutes, so nice to see him back at it.

Jets get their first chance of the game with a nice shot on a redirection but Varly reacts well with the pad.

Right out of the TV timeout Matt Duchene gets called for delay of game, giving the Jets their first power play of the game. The Avs do a nice job as it takes 1:40 into the penalty for the Jets to get set up.

Right after the penalty is killed, the Avs draw a penalty. During the delayed call, Barrie walks right in and fires a wrister past Pavelec. BOOOM. 1-0. 6-on-5 magic strikes again, this time midway through the first period and the goal drought (1:32.17) is over.

The goal seems to have woken the Jets up as they respond with a period of heavy pressure. Varly is forced to make a number of saves, but Iginla gains the other zone and the rest of the team can change and it leads to a few shot.

Four minutes to go in the period and Winnipeg is getting some chances. I’m calling this now: If it’s 1-0 after the period McNab will utter the phrase: "That was a good road period by the Avs."

Well after a shift in the Avs zone, Winnipeg draws its second penalty of the game. Iggy for hooking with 2:59 left. Winnipeg’s best chance on the power play actually comes on a partial breakaway from Frolik after the Avs had a chance shorthanded, but Frolik can’t corral the puck and the Avs dodge a bullt Right near the end of the Iggy penalty Chris Thorburn takes a minor, which gives the Avs a power play bridging the first and second periods.

Not only does the Avs power play suck, but it’s getting self-destructive. Winnipeg has two great chances to score before the horn sounds, but Varly stands strong and the period ends 1-0. No "good road period" jargon, so I’m disappointed. Shots are 11-6 Jets: Avs started out very well but the home side certainly controlled the last 10 minutes.

Second period

Fifty-seven seconds left on the power play and the Avs obviously can’t score.

A bit of back and forth action and the curse of Nate Guenin strikes again.

Guenin falls down in the corner and yields a golden chance. Mark Scheifele had a shot or two stuffed in front and Mathieu Perreault slams it in to tie the game 1-1.

Action gets crazy all of a sudden. Jon Mitchell makes a nice move, as a shot saved and draws a penalty from Ben Chiarot.

Ugh this is getting frustrating. Some tic-tac-toe passing with the goal to set up a shot from a ridiculously sharp angle by Iggy? Winnipeg gets a shorthanded opportunity and eventually kills off the penalty.

Right after that, Mitchell takes himself a needless tripping penalty. Jan Hejda was behind the play and could have handled the situation. The stupidity leads to another goal and the Jets have their first lead. Third time’s the charm as Varly is slow to move across and Dustin Byfugelin gets some space in front tip a shot it home from Bryan Little near the point. 2-1 Winnipeg with 14:18 left in the second.

All Jets now and it’s getting miserable. Varly makes a ridiculously good glove save to keep it 2-1. More and more chances for Winnipeg follow. MacKinnon creases a chance on the counter for I think Cliche, but he can’t score.

Shots are somehow 16-13 Jets halfway through the game, it feels way worse.

Just as I say that the Avs manage to calm the game down and spend some time in the Jets zone. Where is our captain by the way? Gabriel Landeskog has barely touched the puck the entire game and hasn’t been anywhere near the action.

Winnipeg takes a 3-1 lead as cashes in Chiarot on a rebound. It was a bit of a 3-on-2 in which all three Jets players were left unmarked. Solid stuff.

Avs take a penalty with six minutes left in the period, as if it couldn’t get any worse. Thirty seconds into the penalty, Hejda gets questionably called for contact to head. Five-on-three for the Jets for 1:30.

It’s a firing range for the Jets on the two-man advantage, and Little beats him with a bullet. 4-1 Jets with 4:12 left in the period.

The Avs kill the rest of the other penalty and respond with some offense. MacKinnon looks springy but it’s really starting to get frustrating. That is a guy that should be able to consistently produce offense.

The second period horn sounds and it’s 4-1 Jets. Colorado actually held a 14-9 shot advantage, even considering the Jets had three or four shots during the 5-on-3. Two of the goals were on the power play, but the Avs were still dreadful whenever they didn’t have the puck. Very strange period.

Third period

Phew, only 20 more minutes of this suckfest.

Right out of the gate the Avs are applying pressure, with Ryan O’Reilly just missing a goal after some work by MacKinnon. Winnipeg comes right back and Varly denies Byfugelin in front. No one was even close to Byfugelin skating down the middle. My lord.

This team couldn’t break out of an abandoned building right now. Jets denying everything in the neutral zone with 14 minutes to play. Just end this already.

A bit of back-and-forth action and …. WHOA a goal?! Iginla rushes up the right side, fires it towards goal and Duchene tips it past Pavelec. A bit of a soft goal to concede from his point of view, but Dutchy breaks his goal drought and it’s 4-2 with about 12 minutes to play.

Another fight between the two clowns. I guess this will "spark another comeback." Shouldn’t two fights kick you out of the game?

The Jets ice the game minutes later, Varly left abandoned again and Jacob Trouba is wide open for a tap in after some fantastic passing from Scheifele and Perreault. 5-2 with 8:57 left.

Some stuff happens, and the Avs get another power play with 4:24 left. Varly is pulled for the 6-on-4 opportunity. The Jets get a couple shots at the empty net but can’t get the sixth goal. Late in the penalty the Avs connect on a couple passes down low and Tanguay is there for the (POWER PLAY) goal. 5-3 with 2:20 left. Window dressing.

Varly remains at the bench on the ensuing faceoff. The Avs get some pressure and a couple shots on goal, but time runs out, Winnipeg misses the empty net a hilarious amount of times and the game finishes 5-3 to the Jets.

Thoughts

See ya, playoff chances.