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Varlamov stops 25 shots, Landeskog has 2 points in Avs' 3-2 win over Coyotes

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DENVER - 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.

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 centre 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 scored 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 two. 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 defenceman Jan Heda in the head with a check while Heda was vulnerable. Heda was down on the ice for a few minutes before skating off with help from the Avalanche's trainer. Heda 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 centring 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.

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