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Avalanche blitz Jets early, win 5-1 for 4th straight

Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher each had a goal and an assist.

WINNIPEG, MB — Nathan MacKinnon scored 19 seconds in and the Colorado Avalanche got four goals on their first five shots Friday night in a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets that extended their winning streak to four games.

MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher each had a goal and an assist. Bowen Byram and Matt Nieto also scored for the Avalanche (32-19-5), who are 5-0-1 in their past six games and 12-2-2 in their last 16.

Alexandar Georgiev made 26 saves for Colorado, which has also won four straight on the road.

Mason Appleton had the goal for the Jets (35-23-1), who are 1-4-0 in their past five games.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 21 of the 26 shots he faced in the opener of Winnipeg’s three-game homestand before he was replaced by David Rittich to start the third period. Rittich made 10 saves.

The Avalanche led 4-1 after the first and 5-1 following the second.

MacKinnon put Colorado ahead with his 20th goal of the season on a breakaway. It was the fastest game-opening goal by the Avalanche since MacKinnon scored 11 seconds in on Oct. 13, 2018.

Winnipeg tied it at 3:12 on the power play when Appleton tipped in Nate Schmidt's drive from the point.

Rantanen made it 2-1 just 80 seconds later with his 37th goal of the season. He was followed by Compher three minutes later, and Byram bumped it to 4-1 at 10:58.

The Jets had their second power play in the final two minutes of the period, but didn’t get a shot on net.

Winnipeg changed its defensive pairings to start the second, but Nieto went to the front of the net and tapped in a pass from Compher to make it 5-1 at 10:59.

Colorado was 0 for 3 on the power play and Winnipeg went 1 for 5.


MacKinnon has 14 points in a six-game point streak, including six goals. Compher has eight points in three games (two goals, six assists).


Avalanche: Host the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Jets: Host the New York Islanders on Sunday.


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