The Winnipeg Jets were skating around like they were snowblind at the Pepsi Center in Denver during last night's 7-1 shellacking by the Colorado Avalanche.
Winnipeg (36-20-4), now 2-4-2 in its last eight contests, was guilty of horrible defensive coverage, penalty problems and an inabililty to generate any sustained pressure in the Colorado end. When they did, goalie Semyon Varlamov had a relatively easy night finding pucks.
The Jets were only down 2-0 heading into the third period, thanks primarily to some stellar play by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, but that's when everything began to unravel.
The Jets gave up five third-period goals and slunk out of Denver licking their wounds.
The Jets face the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night and then wrap up their road trip Sunday in Phoenix against the Arizona Coyotes.
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What we're reading
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In case you missed it
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- Postgame postmortem: Players, coaches speak following the team's loss in Denver
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