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Perreault, Byfuglien lead Jets past Avalanche 5-3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mathieu Perreault and Dustin Byfuglien each had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets ended a six-game slide with a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Ben Chiarot, Bryan Little and Jacob Trouba also scored for the Jets.

Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Alex Tanguay scored for the Avalanche, who are winless in their last three outings.

Michael Hutchinson picked up his 15th win of the season with a 25-save performance for Winnipeg, while Semyon Varlamov fell to 14-13-7 for Colorado.

Barrie opened the scoring for the Avalanche at 10:56 of the first period. The Jets were already scrambling on a delayed penalty call when Barrie scored his sixth goal from the high slot.

Barrie’s score brought the end of Colorado’s goal drought at 136:16. Barrie was also the last Avalanche player to score in a 3-2 shootout win over the Dallas Stars last Tuesday.

The Jets responded in the second, scoring four straight goals.

Perreault tied it at 1 with 2:04 gone, shoveling home his 18th of the season after some good work by Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele to create the scoring chance.

The goal tied a career high for Perreault, which he set last year as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

Byfuglien’s efforts paid off a few minutes later as he got a stick on a point blast from Little on the power play. Byfuglien’s 13th of the season gave the Jets a 2-1 lead at the 5:42 mark.

Chiarot made it 3-1 on his second career NHL goal.

Little fired home his team-leading 21st to give the Jets a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the third period.

Duchene and Tanguay added goals in the third for the Avalanche.

NOTES: Jets forward Chris Thorburn surpassed Eric Boulton’s franchise mark of 639 penalty minutes after a scrap with Colorado’s Cody McLeod in the first period. Thorburn, who entered with 638 penalty minutes, had two fights and a minor penalty and is now in sole possession of the franchise record with 650 minutes. … Jets center Adam Lowry was scratched before puck drop with what the team described as an illness.

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