Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Jan 7, 2011 3:45 AM by Lee Douglas

Coyotes blank Avs

DENVER (AP) - Jason LaBarbera made 34 saves for his second shutout of the season and Taylor Pyatt scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Thursday night.

The Coyotes were without goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who missed the game because of a family medical issue.

LaBarbera filled in and clamped down on the NHL's fourth-highest scoring team for his second shutout in three starts. He blanked the Dallas Stars on Dec. 26, turning back 30 shots.

Colorado pulled goalie Craig Anderson with just over a minute remaining, leading to Pyatt's empty-net goal with 19.2 seconds left to seal the win in front of a sparse crowd.

The Avalanche are 0-13-2 when they score two goals or fewer this season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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