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

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."