With a six game home stand in the books, the Christmas break over, the Jets hit the road for a game in Colorado. The Avalanche were riding an eight game home winning streak while the Jets were playing just their second road game in a month.
Dustin Byfuglien was a pre-game scratch, out with a lower body injury. His status for the Los Angeles game is not known at this time. Mark Flood returned to the lineup and played very well.
Ondre Pavelec was terrific for the Jets, keeping the game scoreless until late in the first when Evander Kane snapped a 7 game goalless drought, beating J.S. Giguere high glove on a 2 on 1 for his 16th of the year.
Jets scored two more in the second as Tim Stapleton matched his career high with his fifth of the year, that goal on a power play, followed by Kane's second of the night seconds after he was stopped on a breakaway.
During the game the Montreal vs. Ottawa game went final with Montreal winning, meaning a Jets win would put them in the top eight of the Eastern Conference.
Jets penalty kill came up big early in the third when the Avalanche could have got themselves back in the game. Jim Slater capitalized on a turnover to make it 4-0 before Kevin Porter broke Pavelec's shutout bid with 5:12 to go.
It was the Jets' 5th road win of the season.
"We had a good game from a lot of people," commented coach Claude Noel. "We got goals at key times and big saves at key times. Scoring first was huge and we built some confidence from it. Especially the way Pavelec was playing."
Jets got a strong performance from players like Tanner Glass and Chris Thorburn.
Jets have two more home games before 2011 comes to an end, Los Angeles Thursday (TSN Jets, TSN 1290) and Toronto Saturday.