Avalanche Rally to Defeat Jets 5-2 in Game 2, Even NHL Playoff Series

The Colorado Avalanche evened their first-round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets with a 5-2 win in Game 2, rallying from an early deficit with a dominant second period. The series now shifts to Denver for Game 3.

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Avalanche Rally to Defeat Jets 5-2 in Game 2, Even NHL Playoff Series

Avalanche Rally to Defeat Jets 5-2 in Game 2, Even NHL Playoff Series

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 in Game 2 of their first-round NHL playoff series on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. After falling behind early, the Avalanche rallied with four unanswered goals in the second period to even the series at 1-1.

Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal for the Avalanche after a costly turnover by Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. Alexandar Georgiev made 28 saves in net for Colorado to rebound from a poor performance in Game 1, where he allowed 7 goals on just 23 shots in a 7-6 loss.

The Avalanche dominated several key metrics in the series opener, including shots, expected goals, and power play opportunities, but were unable to overcome Georgiev's struggles. Head coach Jared Bednar opted to stick with Georgiev as his starter for Game 2, with Ivan Prosvetov called up from the AHL as a potential relief option.

Colorado's bottom-six forwards played a vital role in the victory, with Miles Wood and Parise both finding the back of the net. Defenseman Josh Manson, who made costly mistakes in Game 1, also redeemed himself with a strong performance that included a key goal.

The Jets, who have won all four meetings against the Avalanche this season, were led offensively by Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele in Game 1. However, they were unable to solve Georgiev and the Avalanche defense in the rematch, managing just two goals despite their typically high-scoring attack.

Why this matters: The Avalanche's victory levels the series as it shifts back to Denver for Game 3 on Friday, April 26. Colorado, the reigning Stanley Cup champions, are looking to avoid an early playoff exit against a dangerous Jets team that has had their number this season.

With the series now tied, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar praised his team's ability to bounce back after the Game 1 defeat. "I loved our response tonight, especially in the second period," Bednar said. "We played to our identity and were able to capitalize on our chances against a very good goaltender in Hellebuyck. Now we need to carry this momentum back to Ball Arena and feed off our home crowd."

Key Takeaways

  • Avalanche defeated Jets 5-2 in Game 2, evening series at 1-1.
  • Parise scored go-ahead goal after Hellebuyck's turnover, Georgiev made 28 saves.
  • Avalanche dominated key metrics in Game 1 but lost 7-6, Bednar stuck with Georgiev.
  • Jets' high-scoring attack held to 2 goals, Avalanche's bottom-six forwards stepped up.
  • Series shifts to Denver for Game 3, Avalanche look to avoid early playoff exit.