Feb 3, 2014 11:41 PM by Greg Smith
NEWARK, N.J. -- Ryan O'Reilly scored a power-play goal with 4:32 left in overtime and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Monday at Prudential Center.
The Avalanche erased a 1-0 deficit with 1:47 remaining in the third. With Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere pulled for an extra attacker, PA Parenteau deflected a shot by Tyson Barrie from the right point past Devils goalie Cory Schneider. It marked the third straight game that the Devils had allowed the tying goal with less than two minutes remaining in regulation (1-0-2).
After tying the game, the Avalanche were given a power-play when Devils defenseman Andy Greene was given a slashing penalty at 19:18. The penalty carried over into the overtime, giving Colorado a 4-on-3 advantage.
The Devils rang the post three times in the game; two off the stick of Dainius Zubrus.
Giguere, who was making his first start since Jan. 6, made 27 saves. It was his first win since Dec. 6, a 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames.
Schneider (10-11-8), who was making his fourth straight start and sixth in the past seven games, made 23 saves. He entered the game second in the NHL with a 1.91 goals-against average and was tied for fifth with a .925 save percentage.
The game began a four-game East Coast swing for the Avalanche (36-14-5) before the Olympic break. They will visit the New York Rangers on Tuesday, Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday and New York Islanders on Saturday.
Colorado has won four in a row and nine of its past 11 games.
Jaromir Jagr barely missed at taking a 2-0 advantage early in the third when his shot rolled up and over the left pad of Giguere and stopped on the goal line behind his left skate at 4:06.
The Devils outshot the Avalanche 11-6 in the first and also hit two posts. Ryan Carter's fifth goal of the season off a slap shot from the left circle gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead that beat Giguere just inside the long-side post. The goal, assisted by Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta, came 38 seconds after the Avalanche had successfully killed the Devils' third power-play of the period.
Schneider's best stop of the first came against Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon when he slid to his left to make a pad save at the right post after an initial shot from the left point went wide and caromed off end boards at 14:51.
MacKinnon, who assisted on the game-winner, extended his point-scoring streak to five games (three goals, five assists).