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Iginla's 23rd goal helps Avalanche beat Coyotes 5-2, keep pace in Western playoff race

  • Colorado Avalanche's Jarome Iginla (12) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Matt Duchene (9) and Zach Redmond, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Colorado Avalanche's Jarome Iginla (12) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Matt Duchene (9) and Zach Redmond, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog (92), of Sweden, starts to celebrate his goal against Arizona Coyotes' Louis Domingue (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog (92), of Sweden, starts to celebrate his goal against Arizona Coyotes' Louis Domingue (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche's Dennis Everberg (45), of Sweden, and Cody McLeod (55) try to block the puck on a shot by the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Colorado Avalanche's Dennis Everberg (45), of Sweden, and Cody McLeod (55) try to block the puck on a shot by the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan O'Reilly and Jarome Iginla scored 29 seconds apart in the first period, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Thursday night for their third straight win.

Freddi Hamilton added his first NHL goal, and Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche, who won for the 11th time in 15 games to remain seven points behind Calgary for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice for the Coyotes, who have dropped four straight and 16 of 17.

Arizona's Louis Domingue stopped 24 shots in his third NHL start in an intriguing matchup against his former juniors coach, Colorado's Patrick Roy. The Hall of Fame goalie last year blamed a 2012 playoff series loss on Domingue, who replied Roy was "one of the worst people I've ever met."