DENVER – When you’re battling for the puck along the side boards, sometimes you blindly try to pass to a teammate to get out of trouble.
Unfortunately for Nikolaj Ehlers, his rocket pass went through the legs of Toby Enstrom and past an unsuspecting Michael Hutchinson in overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 win.
Rene Bourque was credited with his second of the game for the winner, snapping Winnipeg’s two-game win streak.
“I thought I had two guys right by me, and I just tried to throw it in the middle and get those two guys going,” Ehlers said postgame.
“He threw the puck at the net, shouldn’t have gone in. Those things happen, it was a bad break,” explained head coach Paul Maurice. “We played a real hard-fought road game here on back-to-back nights against a team that was pretty darn desperate. Good point on the road.”
All four goals scored in regulation happened in the second period. The Avs jumped out to a 2-0 but it was quickly answered by Blake Wheeler and a power-play marker by Mark Scheifele.
But offensively, the Jets struggled to generate many chances. They finished the game with 18 shots on goal, including just two in the entire third period.
“I thought defensively, a real good battle. Where you could see it in our game, I thought was offensively,” Maurice said. “Just getting a handle on pucks, making some plays and making the game a little smoother.”
The game also marked the season debut for Jacob Trouba, who played 23:14 after holding out for the first month of the season.
“I really didn’t know too much what to expect, but after the first period I thought I started feeling the puck a little better, making a couple better reads,” Trouba explained. “Obviously there’s some adjusting, but overall I thought it went pretty well.”
One of the reasons Trouba got a lot of ice-time was Tyler Myers going down with a lower-body injury early and not being able to return.
The Jets get a day off now before hosting the LA Kings at 1 p.m. Sunday.