Avalanche wins over Jets thanks to Landeskog’s hat trick

Gabriel Landeskog scored four points and got his fourth career hat-trick to help the Colorado Avalanche win 7-1 over the Winnipeg Jets.

Landeskog scored twice during a three-goal second quarter for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal with four assists and Mikko Raantanen had two assists and a goal to give Colorado’s top line twelve points for the night.

“I saw them involved physically right away, really assertive on loose pucks. Jared Bednar, Avalanche coach, said that he enjoyed their game every step of the way. They did the right thing and were rewarded.

The Avalanche won 10 consecutive home games, including three straight after a seven-game COVID-19 suspension. They are now 16-3-1 since Nov. 6. They took 42 shots on Connor Hellebuyck (who made 35 saves).

This was Landeskog’s first hat-trick since Oct. 18, 2018, in New Jersey. He completed it with Rantanen’s rebound at 17.10 of the third. This was his 13th season.

Landeskog was happier with the defensive play of the team after conceding the first goal.

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“When we play the right manner and take care to our end first, we can win hockey games,” he stated. “Offensively, our team has the skills and systems to score goals.

The Jets’ three-game winning streak was broken by the loss of Dave Lowry, the interim coach who took over from Paul Maurice. He resigned abruptly Dec. 17.

Winnipeg won two of the five-game pause’s road games, but lost this part of its trip on Thursday. They will be playing their fourth consecutive road game next week in Detroit.

“We had some good opportunities”

Mark Scheifele’s powerplay goal was Winnipeg’s first of the season. He scored his ninth goal of the season just 2:56 into this game. Nazemkadri tied it in the second, his 12th of this season. The Avalanche took over in the third.

“We accomplished a lot of really great things. The power play went well. “We managed the game, got the pucks in, and had some good chances,” Lowry stated. “There was much to love about the 20-minutes.”

Colorado took the lead at 5:20 when Landeskog scored a rebound. Rantanen then made it 3-1 with his 16th goal of the season midway through.

Landeskog scored MacKinnon’s rebound at 15-21 to get his second goal of the night. In the third period, Darcy Kuemper was hounded by 15 Jets shots but they couldn’t score. MacKinnon’s fourth goal of the season, at 12:17, made it 5-1 to cap off a dominating night for top-line.

They’re one the best lines in the league. They are all elite. “They’re all elite at different things, and they complement each others extremely well,” Adam Lowry, Winnipeg captain, said. “They seem to come at you with four- or five guys, especially when Colorado has an active back end.”

Bowen Byram scored his fifth goal at 19:49, to complete the three-goal third period.

Kuemper made 34 saves.