Wheeler scores in OT and Jets beat Avalanche

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — An overtime loss cost Colorado a spot in the standings.

Blake Wheeler scored in overtime on a shot through the crowd to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 win against the Avalanche on Wednesday night.

It was the fourth time in five games this season between the Jets and Avalanche that went to overtime. The loss let Chicago slip by Colorado into second place in the Central Division.

"Both teams had good chances," said Avs coach Patrick Roy after Colorado's second loss in a row. Roy's homecoming to Montreal ended in a 6-3 loss to the Canadiens Tuesday night.

At the end they made a great play. Wheeler I thought made a really good play and scored a nice goal."

Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog, Nick Holden and Cody Mcleod scored for Colorado. Rookie goaltender Reto Berra made his first start since he was acquired by Colorado from the Calgary Flames at the trade deadline.

"I think he made some huge saves in the third when we really needed it the most," said Landeskog, who scored the tying goal for Colorado at the end of the first period to make it 2-2.

"I remember my first game with Colorado, certainly a lot of nerves."

Andrew Ladd scored twice for the injury-depleted Jets. Eric Tangradi and Evander Kane also scored.

Ladd's second came on a power play at 4:58 in the third period when he was poised near the inside edge of the faceoff circle and caught Wheeler's pass from the boards to make it 4-3.

"I've told you guys a million times, I almost get a bigger joy out of seeing other guys score than scoring myself," said Wheeler, who had two assists.

He has 35 assists and team-leading 24 goals, cementing his position as the Jets' scoring leader with 59 points.

It was a big night for the Jets as they gained a little more ground in their uphill climb to the playoffs. They are still sit two points behind Dallas and four points behind Phoenix, which now holds the eighth and final wild-card berth.

"It was a big win for us, especially for the goals we gave up," Ladd said. "We're not that bad of a team. We've played some good hockey of late and we haven't got the results."

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