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dal­las» Jarome Iginla en­tered Thurs­day’s game against Dal­las with just five goals in 34 games, and on pace to pro­duce his fewest goals since he had 13 as a sec­ondyear pro in 1997-98. The Avs right winger, how­ever, could still fin­ish his 20th NHL sea­son ahead of first-bal­lot Hockey Hall of Famer’s Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic in two ma­jor cat­e­gories.

Iginla, 39, played his 1,509th ca­reer game Thurs­day and is now just five games shy of ty­ing Yzerman for 15th most all-time. In all-time goals, Sakic is 15th with 625, nine more than Iginla.

Iginla is tied for eighth with

Back to re­al­ity.

Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard viewed Thurs­day as a chance to re­deem him­self — or a re­turn to nor­malcy af­ter tak­ing the loss in Tues­day’s 6-3 loss to vis­it­ing Cal­gary, who had four of its goals carom in off an Avalanche player.

“You could con­sider it a bounce-back game,” Pickard said af­ter Colorado’s morn­ing skate at the Amer­i­can Air­lines Cen­ter here. “The game against Cal­gary, I felt re­ally good, got a re­ally good start and made a lot of good saves. But at the same time, I let in six goals.”


Iginla and de­fense­man Fran­cois Beau­chemin, 36, who is the sec­ond-old­est player on the Avs, didn’t par­tic­i­pate in the morn­ing skate Thurs­day. … For­ward Cody McLeod and de­fense­man Pa­trick Wier­cioch re­turned to the lineup af­ter be­ing scratched the two pre­vi­ous games. McLeod re­placed Joe Col­borne and Cody Goloubef was the odd-man out on the blue line. … Dal­las scratched for­wards An­toine Rous­sel (up­per body) and Pa­trick Sharp (con­cus­sion).

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