I wasn't at the game. Nor was I able to watch it. But for some mysterious reason, we have an awesome highlight reel of the game-winning goal, a short-handed spinorama in OT by Ryan O'Reilly. Go figure.
Here's the short official recap via NHL.com
Ryan O'Reilly's shorthanded goal 45 seconds into overtime capped Colorado's rally from a two-goal deficit in the third period at Pepsi Center.
O'Reilly spun around a defender near the net before beating Martin Jones with a backhander for the winner.
"That looked like a Peter [Forsberg] move for sure," coach Patrick Roy said.
Dwight King's power-play goal 38 seconds into the third period put L.A. up 3-1. But Steve Downie roofed a power-play goal at 3:20 and O'Reilly forced overtime by pumping his own rebound behind Martin Jones.
Colorado's Andre Benoit beat Ben Scrivens 26 seconds after the opening faceoff to give the Avalanche a quick lead. Justin Williams' power-play goal 25 seconds later got the Kings even, and Los Angeles went in front at 3:10 when Denver native Nick Shore one-timed Williams' pass behind Slava Voynov.
It was Colorado's first victory under Roy, who was hired as coach this summer.
"Our guys really want our fans to be proud of this team," Roy said.
Ryan O'Reilly's short-handed, whirling dervish of a goal 45 seconds into overtime Friday night capped a two-goal, third-period comeback for the Avalanche in a 4-3 win against Los Angeles at Pepsi Center.
Dwight King's power-play goal 38 seconds into the third period put the Kings up 3-1, but Steve Downie roofed a power-play goal at 3:20, and O'Reilly forced overtime by pumping his own rebound behind Martin Jones at 9:37.
"If we [kept] working the right way, we [were] going to have success in the third, and we absolutely did," O'Reilly said. "We stuck to the system and guys kept working hard."
Colorado's Andre Benoit beat Ben Scrivens 26 seconds after the opening faceoff to give the Avalanche a quick lead, but Justin Williams' power-play goal 25 seconds later got the Kings even, and Los Angeles went ahead 2-1 at 3:10 when Denver native Nick Shore one-timed a Williams' pass behind Sami Aittokallio.
"I'm extremely happy," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "We've been working too hard in the past two weeks to not ... we deserve a better result. The guys just kept going, and [Ryan] did a super play there."
And some Twitter reactions
Jesus, I just took a pregnancy test this morning and Ryan O'Reilly's 2nd goal last night is the father http://t.co/6sdf3fKDAI— Anthrax Jones (@AnthraxJones) September 21, 2013
What a move by Ryan O'Reilly (SNOOK) ! @Chris_Bigras and @HeardDawg48 right there to see it. http://t.co/tbnpKPy2Bg— BobbyMurray-OHL (@OHLMurray) September 21, 2013
Ryan O'Reilly's goal was sooooo dirty. #BringingTheNastyNast #Filthy— Josh Griesemer (@RealGriz4) September 21, 2013
Shorthanded spin-o-rama magic from Ryan O'Reilly!!!! http://t.co/XurHhZln3D #Avs— Brian S (@NHLSkeetz) September 21, 2013
Ryan O'Reilly OT goal...disgusting: http://t.co/ebg7nSuEfU via @youtube— Dario Ronzone (@DarioinDenver) September 21, 2013
Such a sick Avs game. Ryan O'Reilly with the 360 goal for the overtime game winner #GoAvs #GameWinner #Overtime— Jake Nigro (@JakeNigro24) September 21, 2013
"@Avalanche: Ryan O'Reilly gets the 1st star tonight. 2g/1a including the GWG (shorthanded)." Shorthanded. LIKE A BOSS.— Matt Cook (@TheRumFish) September 21, 2013
Ryan O'Reilly oh my goodness. Filthy filthy wraparound shorthanded ot winner.— Matthew Muzia (@MMuzia) September 21, 2013
Ladies and Gentleman. I present to you....... Ryan Fucking O'Reilly— James (@BleedBurgundy) September 21, 2013
And some other guys who had a pretty good look at it:
Niceeeee come from behind win tonight...the boys played great!!! @Ryan_OReilly90 with a beauty to win it #spinny #blockingshots #nasty— Calvin Pickard (@cpickard1) September 21, 2013
What a fun night! I know it was a preseason game but it felt like it was regular season! Whatta GWG by @Ryan_OReilly90 #sickmove— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) September 21, 2013