Cale Makar Leads Avalanche to 3-1 Series Lead Against Jets

Cale Makar played a crucial role in the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, contributing significantly to turning a tied game into a two-goal lead, which helped give the Avalanche a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.

Valeri Nichushkin nailed a hat trick on Sunday. Yet, it was Cale Makar who truly lit up the game for the Colorado Avalanche. Maybe he’s the best defenseman in the NHL right now. He played a crucial role, turning a tie game into a two-goal lead for the Avalanche. All this happened in less than four minutes during Colorado’s 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Ball Arena. This win pushed the Avalanche to a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.

Next up? The series is moving to Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg for Game 5. That’s happening Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.

The game was knotted at 1-1 in the second period. That’s when Makar took a wrist shot from just inside the blue line. Nichushkin got a piece of it, tipping it in to edge the Avalanche ahead 2-1. This was with 8:24 left in the middle period. But Makar? He was just warming up.

Less than 3:30 later, he showcased his insane skating and puck-handling skills. Starting from behind his own net, Makar picked up the puck. He then made a slick move to get past the Jets’ Adam Lowry. And he wasn’t done yet. Makar finished his spectacular play by slipping a shot past Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck from the right circle. That made it 3-1 with 4:57 remaining in the period.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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