Jets work overtime to keep playoff hopes alive

Jets centre Eric Tangradi (right) celebrates his first period goal against the Avalanche with...

Jets centre Eric Tangradi (right) celebrates his first period goal against the Avalanche with defenceman Keaton Ellerby and winger Blake Wheeler during action in Winnipeg on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Blake Wheeler picked a good time to end a nine-game goal drought, scoring in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday night.

Wheeler carried the puck through the Avalanche zone, holding onto it until four of the five Avalanche players, including goalie Reto Berra, were down on the ice. That left a yawning cage from a sharp angle for Wheeler’s team-leading 24th goal of the season.

It capped a three-point night for Wheeler, and gave the Jets just their second win in nine games as they fight the uphill battle for a playoff spot, trailing Phoenix by four points in the NHL’s Western Conference. The Coyotes have two games in hand.

Andrew Ladd scored two goals for Winnipeg, playing without injured winger Dustin Byfuglien and defenceman Zach Bogosian, both scratched earlier in the day.

Three times the Jets led the Avalanche, and three times Colorado came back to tie it.


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