Stastny's late goal lifts Avalanche over Jets 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm •  Published: October 27, 2013

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche showed they can win playing from behind as well as with a lead.

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the third period, Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots and the streaking Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Sunday night.

Matt Duchene and Jan Hejda also scored and Gabriel Landeskog added two assists for the Avalanche. Under first-year coach Patrick Roy, they are 10-1 for the second time in franchise history.

"That was the first time we came from behind in the third period," Stastny said. "We got chances and we didn't stop. We just kept going."

Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little had a goal and assist each for the Jets.

The Avalanche trailed 2-1 entering the third but came out strong at the start of the period. They put nine quick shots on goalie Al Montoya before Hejda tied it with 12:47 left off an assist by Stastny.

Stastny netted the winner with 5:28 left to give Colorado its fourth straight victory.

"When (Alex Tanguay) brings two guys to him, you know something good is going to happen," Stastny said. "I was just going back door and trying to yell as loud as I can to Landy because he was looking to shoot. He changed his mind at the last second and just gave me a tap-in. He passed it between two sticks. That's something we practice."

The rally was ignited before the Avalanche took the ice in the third period. During the intermission Roy broke out video tape to correct some things to help free up the offense.

"We had to make some adjustments because the way they play defensively," Roy said. "We wanted to transfer pucks. That's what generated our best chances and our goal. They overload the puck side. We moved the puck and that opened the ice for us."

It helped Stastny break out with his second goal and eighth point of the season.

"The goals to me aren't as important," he said. "As long as someone on our line is getting them, someone from our team is contributing."

Montoya stopped 33 shots before being pulled for an extra skater with 1:30 left. Despite controlling the puck in Colorado's end, the Jets managed just one shot with the advantage.

"They're the hottest team in the league right now so I was ready from the gate," Montoya said. "We knew what they were going to bring. Just disappointing to not come away with at least a point."

The Jets went 0 for 5 on the power play to add frustration to the loss. Winnipeg has failed to capitalize on 25 power-play chances in the last eight games and has just five goals in 49 chances this season.

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