Bloody Late-Game Fight Highlights Avalanche's Blowout Win Over Jets

Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon suffered a cut on his hand during a fight at the end of the Avalanche's win over Winnipeg.
Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon suffered a cut on his hand during a fight at the end of the Avalanche's win over Winnipeg. / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6–2 on Friday night at Ball Arena, taking a 2–1 lead in their Western Conference first-round series, though the victory was marred by a bloody fight at the end of the game.

Tempers flared at the end of a third period that saw the Avalanche score five goals, as Colorado leftwinger Miles Wood and Winnipeg center Adam Lowry went head-to-head in a fight that left Wood's head briefly stuck in his jersey with 27 seconds remaining in the contest. Officials quickly broke up the scuffle, which resulted in five-minute majors for both Wood and Lowry.

But that was only the beginning.

Moments later, the Avalanche and the Jets dropped the gloves again as the final horn sounded, resulting in a large scrum around the net with gloves and sticks strewn on the ice. Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon suffered a bloody cut on his hand and blood was seen on the ice, as well as on Avalanche forward Brandon Duhaime's jersey.

Dillon rushed down the tunnel as officials established order on the ice. He received a pair of minor penalties for roughing, while Duhaime and Avalanche teammate Joel Kiviranta were also assessed roughing penalties.

The Jets had no update on Dillon after the game. It remains to be seen if the tensions from this game will have an impact on the rest of the series. Game 4 begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

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