Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bryan Little Scores in OT to Lead Winnipeg Jets over Colorado Avalanche 2-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bryan Little Scores in OT to Lead Winnipeg Jets over Colorado Avalanche 2-1

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Little scores in OT to lead Jets over Avs

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WINNIPEG - Bryan Little had to watch the replay to make sure he scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 Winnipeg Jets' victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday afternoon.

With 25 seconds left on the clock in the extra frame, Jets captain Andrew Ladd sent a long backhand shot toward Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov, which Little deflected from the front of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

"Honestly, I didn't think I did," Little said. "But then I saw the replay, and if I did, I didn't feel it.

"I don't know, ask Laddy."

Ladd had scored his second goal of the season, and 100th goal with the Jets franchise, at 6:35 of the first period after redirecting defenceman Zach Bogosian's point shot through Varlamov's legs.

His assist was the 200th of his NHL career.

"I saw Lits at the net so I just figured we'd get some action there. You know, hope something lucky went in," Ladd said.

"I think at that point, you really don't want to mess around with plays up top so I thought it was the safe play and lucky it went in."

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped 22 shots in regulation and overtime.

Jamie McGinn scored Colorado's goal on the power play with 18 seconds left in the first period. Varlamov faced 28 shots.

It was Winnipeg's (3-5-0) first game of the season that went to extra time while Colorado (2-4-3) has now lost three in overtime.

Winnipeg outshot the Avalanche 6-2 in overtime.

"I thought we had a lot of good chances in the first (period), we just didn't score on those ones," Colorado head coach Patrick Roy said. "Obviously, we had a few good looks also in overtime. (Gabriel Landeskog) had a chance there and then their goalie made a great save on that play. I thought it was a great game."

Roy had nothing but praise for his netminder.

"I think Varly knows he played a really good game," Roy said. "I don't think there's much to be said there. I thought we played well in front of him. …

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