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Iginla Keeps Climbing NHL's All-Time Lists

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

Jarome Iginla continues to etch himself deeper into the NHL record books.

The veteran right wing tallied his fifth and sixth goals of the season and the 565th and 566th of his NHL career Friday in the Colorado Avalanche's 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. It was Iginla's second multi-goal game of the season as he also scored twice on Oct. 24 against Vancouver.

His two tallies gives him sole possession of 21st place on the NHL's all-time goals list, as he entered the game tied with Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk for the spot with 564. The 37-year-old is now chasing Mike Bossy and his 573 goals for 20th all time.

The Edmonton, Alberta native also moved up on the NHL all-time scoring list—from No. 48 to a tie for No. 47 with Rod Brind'Amour. He has 1,184 points off 566 goals and 618 assists.

Iginla ranks second among active players in goals behind Jaromir Jagr (709) and is third among active skaters in points behind Jagr (1770) and Joe Thornton (1216).

The Avalanche alternate captain's first goal was a big one in the first period as it tied the contest 1-1. Winnipeg opened the scoring at 4:31 of the stanza, but Iginla answered for the burgundy and blue just 4:48 later.

Using Winnipeg's Mark Stuart as a screen on goalie Michael Hutchinson, Iginla fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle and placed the puck perfectly into the top left corner of the cage.

"I thought it was an important goal, when he put the game at 1-1," Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said. 'He put us back in the game after a tough start. He's doing what we expected."

His second goal came on the power play at 10:24 of the third period, as he received a cross pass from Zach Redmond at the left circle and easily threw the puck into an open net.

MIXING UP THE LINES

Nick Holden playing forward on Friday night wasn't anything new. The Avalanche only has 11 active forwards on their roster, and the defenseman was also in that position last game on Thursday in Calgary.

The surprise was when he began the game on the Avalanche's top line with center Matt Duchene and left wing Alex Tanguay.

Holden's move to the top six was just part of the changes head coach Patrick Roy made to his forward lines to begin the second game of a back-to-back set in Canada.

Ryan O'Reilly, who had been playing with Duchene and Tanguay, was moved to center on a line with Daniel Briere and Maxime Talbot. The fourth line included Cody McLeod, Michael Sgarbossa and Tomas Vincour, who had played wing on the third line against Calgary. Colorado's other top-six line of center Nathan MacKinnon, left wing Gabriel Landeskog and right wing Jarome Iginla remained unchanged from the contest against the Flames.

"We were trying to have three centers," Roy said of using depth against the Jets. "We thought against a team like theirs, back-to-back game, I wanted to play four lines as long as I could."

The changes didn't last long however as Roy reverted back to his old lines by the time the second period began.

Roy said after the game that he made the change back to the old lines after the Avalanche faced penalty trouble later in the opening stanza and was down on the scoreboard.

IMPORTANT HOME STRETCH UP NEXT

After a quick two-game Canadian road trip through Calgary and Winnipeg, the Avalanche now returns home for an important three-game homestand against Central Division rivals.

Colorado hosts the division-leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday, the Jets on Thursday and the St. Louis Blues on Friday. All three opponents are currently in the Western Conference playoff picture.

"They are all key games right now. It is going to be very important for us to do a good job at home," Roy said. "In our last five games on the road, we've picked up seven points, which is .700 in those games which is good.

"We have to play over .500 at home if we want a chance to comeback in the playoff hunt."

The third period of Friday's game in Winnipeg featured a total of 62 penalty minutes, so it's going to be interesting to see if any of that physicality will roll over into Thursday's rematch at Pepsi Center.

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