WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets were welcoming division foes the Colorado Avalanche to town for an important Central Division show down. The Avalanche were coming off an overtime loss to the Calgary Flames and playing the second half of a back to back so they were ripe for the picking as the Jets exploded for six goals in a 6-2 win.

“They deserved to beat us 6-2,” Colorado forward Matt Duchene said. “The score reflected exactly how the game went.”

“We’re behind them in the [standings]. We should be more desperate than they are, but they came out and dominated us from start to finish. It was a disappointing effort. I think all of us are disappointed in ourselves and each other.”

The Winnipeg Jets received bad news earlier when they found out defence man Zach Bogosian would be out for 6 weeks with a lower body injury. They are already missing Toby Enstrom who is the other half of their top defence pairing along with Bogosian. They also have Grant Clitsome on the shelf with an undisclosed injury, tough for any team to lose three defence who are regulars in your line up.

“We were really good in just about every aspect of our game,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. “Our energy level was good. We played a solid game. They had some fatigue. It’s tough to play back-to-back nights in [the NHL]. But we were good.”The Jets moved versatile Dustin Byfuglien back to the point for now and he was paired with AHL call up Ben Chiarot and they looked really good as they both contributed with points as Byfuglien scored for the third straight game and Chiarot got his first NHL point.

Michael Hutchinson notched his 5th win of the season in goal as he made 20 saves and continues to bring poise and confidence when he gets the call.

Semyon Varlamov gave up 5 goals on 30 shots and was pulled just under two minutes into the 3rd. Reto Berra came in to relieve and stopped 7 shots and gave up one goal.

The Jets got goals from Chris Thorburn who scored his 1st of the season, Bryan Little got his 9th,10th,11th goals of the season, Andrew Ladd his 9th , Byfuglien scored his 6th.

Avalanche got a pair of goals from Jarome Iginla his 5th and 6th of the year.

The hat trick by Bryan Little was the first for the Jets since they relocated from Atlanta something fans in the Manitoba capital have been waiting a long time for. The last player to score a hat trick for this franchise was Eric Boulton who did it in December 2010. The line of Little, Ladd and Blake Wheeler had 9 points combined as Little had 3 goals and 1 assist for his first career 4 point game. They were also all named the 3 stars of the game.

“With the way that we’re starting to play now, it’s kind of defense-first, and we kind of understand that some of the guys might not be scoring as much or might not be getting as many points,” Little said. “That’s going to happen with the way we’re playing now. Nights like tonight are good for the confidence and good for the team. It feels good to score six goals.”

This game which featured a new look blue line for the Jets turned to be a barn burner as the building was louder than it has been in a while as the fans were treated to a dominant performance by the home team in every aspect as the Jets outscored, out hit and controlled the play in this one.

“When [Little] is feeling good with the puck and he gets hot, he is about as dangerous as anyone I’ve ever played with,” Wheeler said. “His stick always seems to be open. Whenever I have the puck, I always see his stick open. It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun to play with a guy like that who is always in the right spots and seems to get open.”

The Jets improve to 14-9-4 on the season and will welcome the Anaheim Ducks to town on sunday.

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