Mile High City cruel to Hurricanes again

Associated PressFebruary 11, 2012 

— 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 1.2 seconds remained.

The Avs weathered a penalty late in the final period when David Jones was called for hooking. But Carolina couldn't muster many scoring chances.

Ward was splendid in net, robbing O'Reilly of a goal late in the game when Ward stuck out his pad as the Avalanche forward cruised in on a breakaway.

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