Kyle Connor’s Tat Trick Lifts Jets over Avalanche 7-Four

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DENVER — Kyle Connor had three objectives for his first common season hat trick to guide the Winnipeg Jets over the Colorado Avalanche 7-Four Tuesday evening.

Blake Wheeler scored twice and Mark Sheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers had empty-net objectives for Winnipeg. Scheifele had three assists and Ehlers had two. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 photographs.

Connor’s second objective broke a Three-all tie and got here simply seven seconds into Winnipeg’s solely energy play of the sport. He received his 20th of the season and his hat trick when he roofed a backhander at 16:31 of the third.

Connor’s solely different hat trick got here within the playoffs final spring.

Wheeler has 19 objectives and 50 factors in 36 profession video games in opposition to Colorado. Scheifele has 27 factors in 26 video games.

Winnipeg Jets proper wing Blake Wheeler (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Nathan MacKinnon had two objectives and Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri scored for the Avalanche. Colorado is 1-Four-1 in its final six video games regardless of outshooting the Jets 43-26. Philipp Grubauer stopped 19 of 24 photographs he confronted.

Wheeler’s first of the sport at 6:25 of the primary made it 1-Zero and MacKinnon scored at 9:43 of interval.

Connor tipped his personal rebound over Grubauer halfway via the second and MacKinnon’s one-timer at 13:47 made it 2-2. Winnipeg took a Three-2 lead into the intermission when Scheifele beat Grubauer with a slap shot.

The Avalanche once more tied it when Landeskog scored his 10th of the season on an influence play at 7:15 of the third.


Sam Girard and Erik Johnson had two assists every for Colorado. … The Jets are 5-Three on New 12 months’s Eve since relocating to Winnipeg in 2011. The Avalanche are Four-Three-2 in Dec. 31 video games since shifting to Colorado in 1995. … Avalanche D Cale Makar is the staff’s Final Males In candidate to be a part of the Central Division staff within the All-Star Recreation. Voting begins Wednesday and goes via Jan. 10.


Jets: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday evening.

Avalanche: Host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday evening.


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