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O’Reilly Nets Game Winner In OT, Avs Win 2nd Straight

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Avs forward Ryan O'Reilly (credit: CBS)

Avs forward Ryan O’Reilly (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored on a slap shot with 1.2 seconds remaining in overtime and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped a season-high 39 shots in the Colorado Avalanche’s 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

Gabriel Landeskog, Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny also scored for Colorado. The Avalanche have won two in a row since snapping a five-game skid.

The Hurricanes got goals from Tim Brent, Jiri Tlusty and Eric Staal in a city that keeps haunting them. The Carolina franchise hasn’t won in Denver since Feb. 9, 1996, when the team was the Hartford Whalers.

On his winner, O’Reilly stole the puck from Justin Faulk at center ice, skated in on the left side and sent a slap shot through the legs of Cam Ward. O’Reilly raised his arms in the air as he cast a quick glance at the scoreboard to see if he got the shot off in time.

He did as the clock displayed 1.2 seconds remaining.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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