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Scheifele extends points streak, Jets beat Avs 3-2

Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to seven games and the Winnipeg Jets erased a two-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Saturday night.

Adam Lowry scored the winner 9:01 into the third period after Drew Stafford tied it less than 2 minutes earlier. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 35 shots.

Matt Duchene scored his 29th of the season for the Avalanche and added an assist on Erik Johnson's second-period goal. Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves.

Scheifele has 18 points in his last 12 games, including seven goals and four assists during his current streak.

The Jets improved to 1-25-3 when trailing after 40 minutes.

Grasping tightly to the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, the Avalanche dropped the first of their four-game Western Canada swing that now heads through Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton this week.

Entering Saturday 2-10-1 in their last 13 at home, the Jets improved to 15-17-2 at MTS Centre this season.

The Avalanche opened the scoring 4:02 into the second period following a Jets turnover in the Colorado zone. Duchene raced up the ice and entered the Winnipeg zone before centering a pass to a streaking Johnson, who beat Pavelec for his 10th of the season.

Less than 2 minutes later, Duchene added to Colorado's lead with Winnipeg rookie Scott Kosmachuk off for goaltender interference. A wild scramble ensued in front of the Jets net, with Pavelec making a spectacular diving save with the paddle of his stick on Jarome Iginla before Duchene jammed the puck in to make it 2-0 at the 5:55 mark.

Duchene's goal snapped a 17-for-17 penalty-killing streak for Winnipeg, dating back six games.

Winnipeg then cut into Colorado's lead late in the second. With Cody McLeod off for tripping, the Jets went to the power play for a fourth time and converted with Scheifele's 22nd of the season.

The Jets then found the equalizer and took the lead in a span of just 1:35 in the third period. At the 7:26 mark, Stafford pulled the puck off Varlamov's pad and went skate-to-stick for his 17th.

Lowry's fifth of the season snapped a 17-game goal-scoring drought for the sophomore center.

NOTES: The Avalanche next play at the Canucks on Wednesday night. ... The Jets play at the Canucks on Monday night.