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NHL: Results of Game 3 of the series between the Avalanche and Jets

NHL: Results of Game 3 of the series between the Avalanche and Jets


The Winnipeg Jets have learned the hard way that a slump against the Colorado Avalanche will be costly.

Denver scored five unanswered goals in the final period, including three in just six minutes of play, to score a 6-2 victory and take control of the series 2-1.

The Canadians were in control of the game when they got on the ice in the third period, but several penalties allowed their opponents to apply too much pressure. The team that achieved 31 victories in front of its fans in the regular season continued on the same path in the playoffs and set the tone from the beginning of the third duel.

The Avalanche were aiming to build on their victory in Game 2 of the series in Winnipeg. So does forward Zach Parise. After scoring the goal during his team's 5-2 win in Winnipeg, Paris came back strong in the first half on Friday. He pounced on Josh Manson's return throw to Connor Hellebuyck to put the locals in control. At the age of 39, the striker scored the 39th goal of his career in the playoffs.

Winnipeg knocked on the door before the first-period whistle sounded, but Alexander Georgiev made a beautiful save to deny Mark Scheifele a goal.

Avalanche goaltender certainly had himself to blame early in the middle period when he allowed Tyler Toffoli to tie the score. Georgiev poorly covered the openings at the right post and was beaten by the Jets forward's overhead kick. Toffele will gladly take that goal as he broke the ice with his first point of the current series.

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Georgiev had nothing to be ashamed of on the Jets' second goal of the game. On the power play, Josh Morrissey took advantage of heavy traffic in front of the net to fire a powerful shot that found its way to the ropes. The defender also scored in the first match.

Toffoli had the opportunity to give his team a boost moments later when he appeared alone against Georgiev. This time, the goalkeeper had the better of it by blocking his opponent's back pass.

The Gates opened the door at the beginning of the third period with lack of discipline. Mason Appleton tripped Miles Wood in the second minute of play and Nathan MacKinnon took advantage of the situation to send a laser from the point between Hellebuyck's pads, resulting in the equaliser.

Just 23 seconds later, Gabriel Vilardi hit Devon Toews in the face and found himself in the penalty box for four minutes. The first wave of the Avalanche's massive offense stunned the Jets by doubling down on passes and throws toward the Jets' net. Taking advantage of fatigue among the Jets players on the ice, MacKinnon passed to Mikko Rantanen who spotted Valeri Nichushkin to the right of the Jets goalie who had been taken out of position. The Avalanche forward didn't miss this opportunity to highlight the red light.

It is known that an avalanche does not stop that easily. Less than four minutes later, Toews returned to the ice, took the puck from Scheifele in the Avalanche zone and ended up on the stick of Casey Mittelstadt who surprised the Jets defense with his speed. He sent a two-on-one pass to Artturi Lehkonen and the latter sent the ball into an abandoned cage for his third goal of the series.

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The planes were unable to stop the bleeding. They gave their opponents a two-man power play when Neal Pionk joined David Gustafsson in the box to slot the ball into the protective net.

Winnipeg thought they had escaped with both penalties, but with Pionk back in the fray, Ross Colton put the finishing touches on a great passing game with Mittelstadt and Samuel Girard. The Quebec defender is back in action after missing his team's last four games due to a concussion.

The Jets, in turn, benefited from numerical superiority and, with a three-goal deficit, did everything in their power to pull the goalkeeper with more than three minutes left. Toews made himself happy by sending the puck into the empty net to put the final nail in the Jets' coffin in this game. Frustration prevailed for the Jets at the end of the game, especially from Adam Lowry, who was chased after his fight.

The fourth match of the series will be held on Sunday.