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Cody McLeod lifts Colorado Avalanche over Winnipeg Jets 4-1

WINNIPEG — Cody McLeod scored the winner in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

Former Jets defenceman Zach Redmond's shot from in close clipped McLeod and rolled past Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson for his fifth goal of the season at the 6:45 mark of the third.

Carl Soderberg, Matt Duchene, and Blake Comeau, who hit the empty net, also scored for the Avalanche (8-12-1), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Toby Enstrom scored the lone goal for the Jets (10-10-2), who dropped back to .500 on the season.

Semyon Varlamov record his fourth win of the season with 20 saves, while Hutchinson took his fourth loss of the season, allowing three goals on 28 shots.

Two big saves by Hutchinson at one end were followed up by Enstrom's first of the season moments later to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead by the 13:40 mark of the first period.

The goal was the first in 41 games for Enstrom dating back to Feb. 19.

Varlamov came up big on consecutive Jets chances in the second period — first Drew Stafford and then Mathieu Perreault — to keep the deficit at one.

And with the Avs on the power play, Soderberg's shot in front caromed of the skate of Winnipeg defenceman Tyler Myers and past Hutchinson to tie the game at 1-1 at the 16:43 mark of the second.

The Jets head on the road for three games to close out Novemeber, with their first stop coming on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.

The Avs return home from their longest road trip of the season — a seven-game, 15-night trek. They play next on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Notes: Jets No. 1 netminder Ondrej Pavelec will be out until at least January with a strained knee suffered on a collision with Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan on Saturday night… The Avs wrapped up a season-long seven-game road trip on Monday night. The trip matched the longest in Avalanche history.

Scott Billeck, The Canadian Press

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