WINNIPEG — The Colorado Avalanche were sacrificing their bodies and it paid off on Monday.
“We did a great job blocking the shots,” said Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov, who made 36 saves.
Jarome Iginla scored his 13th goal of the season for the Avs (23-21-3). It was also his 602nd NHL career goal, moving him ahead of Jari Kurri for sole possession of 18th place all-time for goals scored.
The Jets only got in front of eight Colorado shots. It made a difference, said Jets forward Mathieu Perreault, who assisted on Armia’s goal.
“They did a good job blocking shots,” Perreault said. “Sometimes, you’re kind of holding on for a split second and they get in that lane.
“I think I had a lot of shots blocked tonight, so I’ve got to maybe work on that a little bit. Get my shot off a little quicker so they don’t have time to get in the lane.”
Perreault had two of his seven shots blocked.
Jets leading scorer Blake Wheeler had 17 shot attempts, with 10 stopped by Varlamov, four blocked and three misses, including a late one that hit the post. His 10 shots on goal was a single-game career high.
“When you play against those guys with skills you’ve got to be on them the whole time,” Varlamov said. “You can’t let them create chances around the net or they’re going to score.”
The Jets again failed in an attempt to win a third straight game this season.
“We’re kind of having a little blockage here,” Perreault said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get it done.
“This time of the year, with the standings, where we’re sitting, those are huge points we left on the table. So we’ve got to bear down here, get going.”
Colorado has beaten the Jets in three of the five games they’ll play this season.
“There’s not one reason I can come up with,” Iginla said of their success. “Every time we play them we have a lot of respect for them. It’s a good divisional battle.
“It was a playoff-style game with the implications in the standings. There is still lots of time left, but these four-point games are really big.”
After a scoreless first period, Colorado didn’t waste time in the second as Soderberg scored his ninth goal of the season at 1:16 off a rebound. The Avalanche have scored first in 30 games this season.
Colorado boosted its lead to 2-0 on the power play after Wheeler was called for interference.
Soderberg sent a pass from beside the net out to Iginla, whose shot at 19:42 went over Hellebuyck’s blocker when the rookie goalie couldn’t get back over fast enough.
“It’s a set play, for sure,” Soderberg said. “You have to mix it up a bit sometimes. Today, he was open there.”
Armia scored with the extra attacker with 42 seconds left in the game.
Winnipeg hosts Nashville on Thursday, while Colorado returns home to play Buffalo on Wednesday.