Jets beat Avs with 1.4 seconds left in OT

Winnipeg Jets teammates congratulate left winger Andrew Ladd for his goal in the third period...

Winnipeg Jets teammates congratulate left winger Andrew Ladd for his goal in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

DENVER - Might it actually be possible that these Winnipeg Jets are finding a way to handle adversity a little better during a season that has been filled with it?

As the Jets reached the midway point on Sunday night, they showed plenty of gumption as they earned a 2-1 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche before a crowd of 17,733 at the Pepsi Center.

"We have to be. For us, it's now or never," said Jets goalie Al Montoya, who made 32 saves to earn his seventh win in just 12 appearances this season. "We've got to respond and we've got to be mentally strong. It doesn't matter if it's your first year or your 10th year. That's the way we look at it in the locker room. Everyone is there for each other and just sticking with it."

A couple weeks ago, the Jets might have -- no, probably would have -- found a way to lose this game, especially after the Avalanche tied the game on a play you had to see on a replay in order to believe it.

After the Jets broke a scoreless tie on a goal from captain Andrew Ladd at 11:42 of the third period, Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon unloaded a slapper from just inside the blue-line that caromed off the stick of Mark Stuart and the skate of Zach Bogosian and past an unsuspecting Montoya.

"They're all tough," said Montoya. "It's an unfortunate bounce, especially right after we scored."

This was the type of goal that could have easily flustered a Jets team that has not only struggled within their division but had plenty of difficulty winning one-goal games.

But instead of adding another chapter to the woe-is-us file, the Jets dug deep and didn't stray from their structure, eventually gutting out a victory when Blake Wheeler redirected home a pass from Mark Scheifele with 1.5 seconds left in overtime.


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