Radim Vrbata scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes 1, at Pepsi Center.
Taylor Pyatt and Lauri Korpikoski both scored for the Coyotes, who have won three straight. Mike Smith made 39 stops in the win.
Ryan O'Reilly scored the lone goal for the Avalanche, who have dropped three of four. Semyon Varlamov gave up three goals on 27 shots in the loss.