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Lowry, Connor propel Jets to 7-6 playoff win over Avalanche

2024-04-22 12:05 Last Updated At:12:10

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Captain Adam Lowry and Kyle Connor each scored twice to propel the Winnipeg Jets to a 7-6 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

“He loves these challenges," Jets coach Rick Bowness said of Lowry. "He’s going up against one of the best players in the world, not necessarily the league, but the world in Nate (Nathan MacKinnon). So, he loves those challenges and he takes his game to another level.”

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Colorado Avalanche Miles Wood (28) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammates Jack Johnson (3), Caleb Jones (82) and Joel Kiviranta (94) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Captain Adam Lowry and Kyle Connor each scored twice to propel the Winnipeg Jets to a 7-6 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammate Zach Parise (9) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammate Zach Parise (9) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches the puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Brandon Duhaime (12) looks for a rebound during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches the puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Brandon Duhaime (12) looks for a rebound during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

CORRECTS TO COLORADO AVALANCHE ASSISTANT COACH NOLAN PRATT NOT HEAD COACH JARED BEDNAR - A Winnipeg Jets fan, upper center, dances in a polar bear outfit behind Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt, center left, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

CORRECTS TO COLORADO AVALANCHE ASSISTANT COACH NOLAN PRATT NOT HEAD COACH JARED BEDNAR - A Winnipeg Jets fan, upper center, dances in a polar bear outfit behind Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt, center left, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets fans cheer after their team scored against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets fans cheer after their team scored against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Alex Iafallo (9) and David Gustafsson (19) celebrate a goal by Vladislav Namestnikov (7) on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Alex Iafallo (9) and David Gustafsson (19) celebrate a goal by Vladislav Namestnikov (7) on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates Mark Scheifele (55) and Josh Morrissey (44) during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates Mark Scheifele (55) and Josh Morrissey (44) during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

MacKinnon, who had a goal and one assist, was second in league scoring with 140 points during the regular season.

“That’s our captain, man. He’s a gamer,” Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon said of Lowry. “The physicality, he plays against the top guys every night. Sometimes when it seems like our group doesn’t have it, he’s able to pull us into the fight.”

Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists and Josh Morrissey registered a goal and assist. Vladislav Namestnikov also scored. Brenden Dillon, Gabriel Vilardi and Nino Niederreiter each added a pair of assists and Connor picked up one helper.

There were 100 hits in the game, with the Avalanche having a 54-46 edge.

Connor Hellebuyck made 40 saves for the Jets, who are on a nine-game win streak.

Cale Makar had a goal and two assists for Colorado. Artturi Lehkonen notched a goal and one assist. Valeri Nichushkin, Miles Wood and Casey Mittelstadt also scored. Mikko Rantanen chipped in with two helpers.

“Unfortunately, all the mistakes that we made ended up in the back of our net,” Makar said. “That’s just the way she goes sometimes. A couple things to clean up and then turn the page.”

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 16 of the 23 shots he faced for Colorado, which is trying to repeat its 2022 Stanley Cup-championship run. He was backed up by Arvid Holm instead of Justus Annunen, who wasn’t at the morning skate.

It was the first time the two teams have met in the NHL playoffs.

The Avalanche came into the series having lost all three regular-season games against Winnipeg.

“We played extremely hard,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We did a lot of good things. You don’t get six (goals) on the Jets without doing that.

“We also made some mistakes that they capitalized on. Too many, obviously tonight, and it ends up costing us the hockey game.”

The first period ended in a 3-3 tie, including the teams combining to score three goals in 66 seconds.

“It’s not the way we drew it up, a 7-6 game, but sometimes you’ve just got to play that game that’s in front of you,” Connor said. “It turned into a bit of a track meet there and we know we’ve got to be better.”

The teams then combined for four goals in just under four minutes.

Lowry got the only goal of the second period.

Lowry’s second goal of the game had to be reviewed as the puck hit one post, went across and hit the other post and then slid along the goal line and hit the post again before bouncing out. It counted as crossing the line at 3:31.

Mark Scheifele’s first-period goal was his 20th career playoff goal, scored in his 38th game.

Only three active players have reached that mark in fewer games. Alex Ovechkin did it in 26 games, Jake Guentzel in 32 and Connor McDavid in 36 games.

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Game 2 is Tuesday in Winnipeg.

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Colorado Avalanche Miles Wood (28) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammates Jack Johnson (3), Caleb Jones (82) and Joel Kiviranta (94) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Colorado Avalanche Miles Wood (28) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammates Jack Johnson (3), Caleb Jones (82) and Joel Kiviranta (94) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammate Zach Parise (9) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammate Zach Parise (9) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches the puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Brandon Duhaime (12) looks for a rebound during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches the puck as Colorado Avalanche right wing Brandon Duhaime (12) looks for a rebound during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

CORRECTS TO COLORADO AVALANCHE ASSISTANT COACH NOLAN PRATT NOT HEAD COACH JARED BEDNAR - A Winnipeg Jets fan, upper center, dances in a polar bear outfit behind Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt, center left, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

CORRECTS TO COLORADO AVALANCHE ASSISTANT COACH NOLAN PRATT NOT HEAD COACH JARED BEDNAR - A Winnipeg Jets fan, upper center, dances in a polar bear outfit behind Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt, center left, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets fans cheer after their team scored against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets fans cheer after their team scored against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Alex Iafallo (9) and David Gustafsson (19) celebrate a goal by Vladislav Namestnikov (7) on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Alex Iafallo (9) and David Gustafsson (19) celebrate a goal by Vladislav Namestnikov (7) on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates Mark Scheifele (55) and Josh Morrissey (44) during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates Mark Scheifele (55) and Josh Morrissey (44) during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday April 21, 2024. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Israel's shutdown and seizure of an Associated Press video camera that provided a live glimpse into Gaza alarmed many journalists, who worried Tuesday about wider implications for coverage of a war largely fought out of the world's sight to begin with.

After widespread condemnation, including a call by the Biden administration on Israel to back off, authorities returned AP's equipment late Tuesday. Israel had justified its move by saying the agency violated a new media law that bans Al Jazeera, since the Qatari satellite channel is one of thousands of customers that receive live AP video.

By early Wednesday, the AP’s live video of Gaza was back up in Israel.

The camera confiscated earlier, located in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, was not the only one AP operated in Israel or Gaza — the company would not say how many it uses regularly — nor is AP the only news organization to do so. Agence France-Presse confirmed it has frequently used such cameras in Israel and also sells its images to Al Jazeera.

“Israel's move to restrict AP's work today is extremely concerning and a clear attack on press freedom,” said Phil Chetwynd, AFP's global news director.

News organizations expressed worry about the potential ambiguity in how Israel's law could be enforced. What, they asked, prevents Israel from shutting down the news cooperative's operations in the country altogether?

“It also could allow Israel to block media coverage of virtually any news event on vague security grounds,” Israel's Foreign Press Association said in a statement.

Israel also denies foreign journalists entry into Gaza to cover a war that began following Hamas' Oct. 7 attacks inside the Jewish state, and has been criticized for not doing enough to protect Palestinian journalists and civilians.

The country “seems to be grasping at anything that hurts Al Jazeera,” said Thomas Kent, former president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and an international consultant on media ethics. Its latest step damages a reputable news organization at a time the country would seem to want independent news coverage, Kent said.

A democracy acting in this way also sends a disturbing signal to authoritarian countries, he said. “You have to look at the larger picture,” said Kent, also a former standards editor and international correspondent at AP. “They're giving fuel to other countries that would love to seize equipment and shut down transmissions.”

The move against AP set off a debate within Israel. Yair Lapid, opposition leader to the Netanyahu government, called it an “act of madness.” Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi, who accused the AP of violating the country’s law, said it clearly states that any device used to deliver content to Al Jazeera could be seized.

“We will continue to act decisively against anyone who tries to harm our soldiers and the security of the state, even if you don’t like it,” Karhi responded to Lapid on X.

AP's camera in Sderot was operated 24 hours a day and was also attended by staff members. A staffer can be used to move or focus the camera to cover news that may be happening, and also to avoid capturing military moves. The AP says it complies with military censorship rules that prohibits the broadcast of troop movements that could endanger soldiers.

News organizations frequently place cameras that can operate remotely at various places around the globe, either in an area where news is happening or simply to provide a view of a city skyline.

These shots have many uses — providing a backdrop for a television station reporting on developments, or as a livestream feature on a website. They can capture live news, as an AP camera stationed outside of the courtroom where former President Donald Trump stands trial did when a man set himself on fire last month. Earlier in the Gaza war, footage from such cameras helped news organizations conduct forensic investigations into who was responsible for a military strike on a Palestinian hospital.

AP is the biggest supplier of live video news coverage to newsrooms across the world, said AP Vice President Paul Haven, the agency's head of news gathering.

“Our live video provides a window of what's happening around the world on any given day, allowing audiences to see events for themselves as they unfold,” Haven said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it was “deeply disturbed” by Israel's actions on Tuesday. Carlos Martinez de la Serna, CPJ program director, said the country should allow all international media outlets, including Al Jazeera, to operate freely in the country.

While Israel's return of the equipment is a positive development, the underlying issue has not disappeared.

“We remain concerned about the Israeli government's use of the foreign broadcaster law and the ability of independent journalists to operate freely in Israel,” said AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton.

David Bauder writes about media for The Associated Press. Follow him at http://twitter.com/dbauder.

AP video equipment is laid on the floor of an apartment block in Sderot, Southern Israel, shortly before it was seized by Israeli officials, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Israeli officials seized the camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organization of violating the country's new ban on Al Jazeera. Shortly before the equipment was seized, it was broadcasting a general view of northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Josphat Kasire)

AP video equipment is laid on the floor of an apartment block in Sderot, Southern Israel, shortly before it was seized by Israeli officials, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Israeli officials seized the camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organization of violating the country's new ban on Al Jazeera. Shortly before the equipment was seized, it was broadcasting a general view of northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Josphat Kasire)

Israel's block of AP transmission shows how ambiguity in law could restrict war coverage

Israel's block of AP transmission shows how ambiguity in law could restrict war coverage

A screenshot taken from AP video showing a general view of northern Gaza as seen from Southern Israel, before it was seized by Israeli officials on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organization of violating the country’s new ban on Al Jazeera. Shortly before the equipment was seized, it was broadcasting a general view of northern Gaza. (AP Photo)

A screenshot taken from AP video showing a general view of northern Gaza as seen from Southern Israel, before it was seized by Israeli officials on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organization of violating the country’s new ban on Al Jazeera. Shortly before the equipment was seized, it was broadcasting a general view of northern Gaza. (AP Photo)

Israel's block of AP transmission shows how ambiguity in law could restrict war coverage

Israel's block of AP transmission shows how ambiguity in law could restrict war coverage

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