Avalanche rally late to beat Devils 2-1 in OT

  • Article by: TOM CANAVAN
  • Associated Press
  • February 3, 2014 - 9:30 PM

NEWARK, N.J. — Ryan O'Reilly scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

The Avalanche tied the game with 1:47 left in regulation on a goal by PA Parenteau after they pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:30 remaining.

Devils defenseman Andy Greene was called for a penalty shortly after Parenteau's goal, and the man advantage carried into overtime. O'Reilly ended it by tipping Matt Duchene's pass by goalie Cory Schneider for his 21st of the season, giving Colorado its fourth straight win.

It marked the third straight game in which New Jersey has given up a late goal to force overtime. The Devils have lost their last two.

Ryan Carter scored in the first period for New Jersey.

Giguere finished with 27 saves.

After struggling to generate offense most of the game, the Avalanche pulled Giguere and it resulted in pressure and a goal.

The Avs kept the puck in the Devils end and Parenteau deflected a shot by defenseman Tyson Barrie past Schneider with 1:47 to play.

Schneider, who had the NHL's second-best goals-against average (1.91) entering the game, only had to make a few good saves until the final minutes.

His best stops came on a chance in close by rookie sensation Nathan MacKinnon in the first period and another in close by O'Reilly in the third.

The Devils' goalie also was a little lucky. A third-period power-play shot by Gabriel Landeskog hit off defenseman Bryce Salvador and went just wide of the net.

But the Avs finally found the answers late.

Giguere, making his first start since Jan. 6, had a lot tougher night. He faced the more difficult chances and had three others hit the post.

Giguere had lost his last four decisions after opening the season 7-0.

Carter got his fifth goal of the season on a quick counterattack after Duchene lost the puck at the blue line in the Devils zone. Stephen Gionta carried the puck into the Colorado zone and fed Steve Bernier, who found Carter coming late for a shot that beat Giguere.

Given a rare start with Semyon Varlamov getting the night off, Giguere had help from the iron all night. Michael Ryder hit the post with 12:30 left in the first period and Dainius Zubrus deflected a shot by Mark Fayne off the post with 4 seconds left in the period.

Zubrus also clanged one off the post on a short-handed shot late in the second period, and Jaromir Jagr had a shot that stopped on the goal line early in the third.

NOTES: Devils D Anton Volchenkov missed the game with a lower-body injury sustained against Nashville on Friday night. ... New Jersey activated D Peter Harrold and he was back in the lineup after missing 25 games with a broken foot. ... The Avalanche will play the Rangers, Flyers and Islanders on the road before the Olympic break.

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