Little's overtime goal lifts Jets past Avalanche

Patrick Williams  - Correspondent | Sunday, 10.26.2014 / 7:14 PM

WINNIPEG -- Two teams with struggling offenses stuck to form Sunday before the Winnipeg Jets finally outlasted the Colorado Avalanche.

Jets center Brian Little won the game 2-1 for the Jets with 24.2 seconds remaining in overtime to salvage a five-game homestand at MTS Centre. Little tipped a backhanded shot from Jets captain Andrews Ladd through Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov's pads.

Before a 7-3 home win Friday against the Vancouver Canucks, the Avalanche had 12 goals in their first seven games. The Jets have averaged 1.88 goals per game this season.

Along with his overtime assist, Ladd scored his 100th goal with the franchise. Jamie McGinn countered with a goal for the Avalanche. First-period assists moved Alex Tanguay's point streak to five games and Tyson Barrie's point streak to four games.

Varlamov started for the second straight game after missing three games because of a groin injury. He made 26 saves and dodged a shot off the post from Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele in the third period and subsequent in-close pressure. Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec, who has appeared in every game this season, had 22 saves.

The Jets went 2-3-0 on the homestand and will play nine of their next 11 games on the road, starting Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

The win against Vancouver ended the Avalanche's early-season 0-2-2 slide, but Colorado struggled to sustain pressure Sunday. The Jets, who began the game allowing 2.9 goals per game, held the Avalanche to one goal on 16 shots through two periods.

Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead 6:25 into the game when Ladd deflected Zach Bogosian's right-point shot past Varlamov for his second goal of the season.

The Jets proceeded to limit Colorado to one shot in the first 10 minutes. However, Bogosian clipped Avalanche center Matt Duchene and drew a high-sticking double-minor late in the first period. Six seconds into the first half of the double-minor, McGinn swatted the rebound of Barrie's long shot under Pavelec with 17.5 seconds left in the first to tie the game 1-1.

The Avalanche lost defenseman Erik Johnson to a big hit from Jets defenseman Mark Stuart in the third period and he did not return to the game. Johnson's status was not available.

Each team survived a shorthanded situation in the final 3:32 of regulation.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:25WPG Andrew Ladd (2) ASST: Zach Bogosian (3), Michael Frolik (2) 1 - 0 WPG
19:42COL PPG - Jamie McGinn (3) ASST: Tyson Barrie (6), Alex Tanguay (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
3rd Period
OT Period
04:35WPG Bryan Little (5) ASST: Andrew Ladd (3), Dustin Byfuglien (1) 2 - 1 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:18
Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:44
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 23TOI: 64:32
GA: 1EV: 18-18
PIM: 0PP: 2-3
SV%: .957SH: 2-2
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:55COL Brad Stuart  Interference against  Zach Bogosian
19:35WPG Zach Bogosian  Hi stick - double minor against  Matt Duchene
2nd Period
02:50COL Jan Hejda  Tripping against  Michael Frolik
15:59COL John Mitchell  Roughing against  Dustin Byfuglien
15:59COL John Mitchell  Roughing against  Dustin Byfuglien
15:59WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Roughing against  John Mitchell
18:49WPG Matt Halischuk  Holding against  Gabriel Landeskog
3rd Period
16:28WPG Mathieu Perreault  Holding against  Brad Stuart
18:42COL John Mitchell  Tripping against  Blake Wheeler
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/40/4
Faceoff Wins2936
Blocked Shots3414
Penalty Minutes1010
2N. HoldenD0000022:38
4T. BarrieD01-13022:32
6E. JohnsonD00-11016:47
7J. MitchellC0000614:12
8J. HejdaD00-20222:34
9M. DucheneC00-21018:30
11J. McGinnL1001015:01
12J. IginlaR00-15018:44
17B. StuartD0000221:15
22Z. RedmondD0001020:50
24M. ClicheC0002011:23
25M. TalbotC0001016:28
29N. MacKinnonC0001014:49
40A. TanguayL01-11020:54
48D. BriereC000108:31
55C. McLeodL000009:54
90R. O'ReillyC00-12017:17
92G. LandeskogL0003018:08
1S. Varlamov2628.92964:28
4P. PostmaD0002014:08
5M. StuartD0002018:07
8J. TroubaD0013021:13
15M. HalischukR000026:20
16A. LaddL1123023:18
17A. LowryC0000012:16
18B. LittleC1023023:26
19J. SlaterC000007:29
21T. GaliardiL000108:27
22C. ThorburnR0000012:34
24G. ClitsomeD0001016:52
26B. WheelerR0002021:45
33D. ByfuglienD0111220:30
39T. EnstromD0012026:49
44Z. BogosianD0112424:30
55M. ScheifeleC0004020:40
67M. FrolikR0111016:44
85M. PerreaultC0001217:08
31O. Pavelec2223.95764:32