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Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 9:52 PM

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Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Colorado Avalanche 3
Three Stars of the Game
Gabriel Landeskog
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:05
Semyon Varlamov
2nd
SA: 27TOI: 59:58
GA: 2EV: 23-25
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .926SH: 0-0
Mikkel Boedker
3rd
Mikkel Boedker
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 10:41

DENVER (AP) - Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday night.

Kevin Porter and Stefan Elliott also scored for Colorado, which went 8-1 at home in December, tying the franchise record for home wins in a single month. The Avs had eight wins in March of 2008 (8-1-0).

Mikkel Boedker had two goals and Kyle Chipchura had two assists for the Coyotes. Jason LaBarbera stopped 32 shots in the loss.

The Avalanche sustained a blow when center Matt Duchene left the game early in the first period with a knee injury. Duchene got hurt as he right skate got caught in the ice as he tried to deliver a check. He skated to the bench and went immediately to the locker room.

Landeskog netted the winning goal after Chuck Kobasew did the dirty work. Kobasew battled Adrian Aucoin along the boards before floating a pass to Landeskog, who beat LaBarbera on the short side with 10:50 remaining.

LaBarbera went off for an extra skater with 50 seconds left, but the Coyotes couldn't get the tying goal.

Boedker's second goal with 2:21 left in the second period got Phoenix even at 2. The game then got chippy when Lauri Korpikoski ran into Varlamov, irking the goalie's teammates.

With 1:38 left in the period, Raffi Torres hit Colorado defenseman Jan Hejda in the head with a check while Hejda was vulnerable. Hejda was down on the ice for a few minutes before skating off with help from the Avalanche's trainer. Hejda returned to the game in the third period.

Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson was awarded a penalty shot when he was tripped by Daniel Winnik on a breakaway, but he failed to give the Coyotes the lead when his shot flew high and wide.

Porter used good timing to put the Avalanche ahead 1-0. After serving a penalty for too many men on the ice, Porter jumped into an odd-man rush and redirected Paul Stastny's centering pass past LaBarbera 7:44 into the game for his third goal of the season.

Boedker tied it 1-1 when he wristed a rebound over Varlamov's right shoulder at 12:31. Elliott gave Colorado a 2-1 lead when he skated into the Phoenix zone and beat LaBarbera with a shot from the slot with 4:32 left in the first.

NOTES: Colorado has allowed three power-play goals in eight games. The Avalanche have killed 27 of 30 penalties in that stretch. ... The game marked the sixth set of back-to-back contests for the Coyotes. They are 4-2 in the second game. ... Kobasew returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a head injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:44
COL
Kevin Porter (3) Tip-in - ASST: Paul Stastny (10), Gabriel Landeskog (11)
1 - 0 COL
12:31
PHX
Mikkel Boedker (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Chipchura (5), Taylor Pyatt (5)
1 - 1 Tie
15:28
COL
Stefan Elliott (4) Wrist shot - ASST: TJ Galiardi (4), Kyle Quincey (15)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
17:39
PHX
Mikkel Boedker (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Taylor Pyatt (6), Kyle Chipchura (6)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:10
COL
Gabriel Landeskog (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Chuck Kobasew (4), Shane O'Brien (12)
3 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:32
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Gabriel Landeskog
05:26
COL
Kevin Porter  Too many men/ice - bench
19:26
PHX
Daymond Langkow  Tripping against  Jay McClement
2nd Period
01:49
COL
TJ Galiardi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jason LaBarbera
06:12
COL
Chuck Kobasew  Slashing against  Keith Yandle
10:15
COL
Kyle Quincey  Tripping against  Patrick O'Sullivan
15:00
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski  Interference on goalkeeper against  Semyon Varlamov
3rd Period
05:01
PHX
Andy Miele  Hi-sticking against  Shane O'Brien
15:23
COL
TJ Galiardi  Boarding against  Kyle Chipchura
19:57
PHX
Keith Yandle  Holding against  Ryan O'Reilly
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
3-6-1
SA: 35TOI: 59:16
Saves: 32EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .914SH: 2 - 2
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 27TOI: 59:58
Saves: 25EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
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