Ter­ri­ble, mis­take-filled third pe­riod dooms Colorado, which falls 4-1 at Winnipeg.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kirk Pen­ton

winnipeg, man­i­toba» The turnovers and odd-man rushes again con­tinue to pile up for the Avalanche.

Not co­in­ci­den­tally, so do the losses.

The Avs gen­er­ated hardly any of­fense in the first two pe­ri­ods and then sur­ren­dered goals 69 sec­onds apart off bad turnovers early in the third, even­tu­ally fall­ing 4-1 to the Winnipeg Jets on Sun­day at the MTS Cen­tre.

“Right now it’s ma­jor break­downs that are hurt­ing us,” said Jarome Iginla, who had Colorado’s goal late in the third. “Our goalies are play­ing well. It’s un­for­tu­nate we’re leav­ing them … with a few two-on-ones and break­aways.

“That’s all of us. That’s for­wards cov­er­ing for the D, the D mak­ing the right reads. It’s all of us in front of the goalies, and we’re not good enough in that area right now.”

Colorado trailed 1-0 go­ing into the third pe­riod but showed some spunk in the open­ing minute, forc­ing Winnipeg to turn the puck over twice in its own zone, but couldn’t make it pay.

Two min­utes later it all fell apart.

First, An­dreas Martin­sen paused ever so briefly at the Jets blue line af­ter los­ing con­trol of a pass, per­haps think­ing a de­fense­man was there to scoop up the puck. There was no one there, how­ever, and the Jets quickly went the other way. Mathieu Per­reault raced down the left side and fed the puck over to Blake Wheeler, who chipped his ninth of the sea­son past Calvin Pickard.

Then, only 1:09 later, Mikhail Grig­orenko lost the puck at his own blue line while try­ing to carry it out of his own zone. Mark Scheifele took the gift, fed it quickly to Niko­laj Ehlers in front of the net, and the sec­ond-year player, who added an empty-net­ter in the fi­nal minute, made no mis­take over Pickard’s left shoul­der.

Pa­trik Laine’s 18th goal of the sea­son, which opened the scor­ing mid­way through the sec­ond, was scored on a 2on-1.

“We’ve said it the last three or four games: Every chance and every goal they get it feels like we’re giv­ing it to them,” cap­tain Gabe Lan­deskog said in Colorado’s quiet dress­ing room af­ter the con­test.

It was Colorado’s third con­sec­u­tive loss and 10th in its last 12 out­ings, two of those in ex­tra time. Re­gard­less, the Avs re­main firmly en­trenched in the NHL’s base­ment with an 11-18-1 record.

Coach Jared Bed­nar said frus­tra­tion is the emotion that is pre­vail­ing in the dress­ing room these days.

“You can’t worry about the past, es­pe­cially when you’re go­ing through some­thing like this,” Bed­nar said. “You’ve got to get ready for the next game. Our group has done a good job of do­ing that. And then we come out to play the next night, but when things don’t go your way early or some­thing ends up in the back of your net, you can see the frus­tra­tion set­ting in for sure.”

Iginla snapped a nine-game goal drought and at the same time notched a much needed power-play goal for the Avs, who were 0-for-9 in their last two games and failed to score on their first two op­por­tu­ni­ties Sun­day. Iginla’s tally with 2:01 to go ac­tu­ally oc­curred on a two-man ad­van­tage, as Pickard had been pulled for the ex­tra at­tacker.

Trevor Ha­gan, The Cana­dian Press

From left, the Winnipeg Jets’ Pa­trik Laine, Niko­laj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele cel­e­brate af­ter Ehlers scored an empty-net goal, to the cha­grin of the Avs’ Tyson Bar­rie, far left, and Gabe Lan­deskog.

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