O'Reilly's OT goal lifts Avs over Panthers, 4-3

By Pat Graham

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 18 2012 10:26 p.m. MST

Florida Panthers' Matt Bradley (22) is knocked off his skates by Colorado Avalanche's Kyle Quincey (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Denver.

Barry Gutierrez, Associated Press

DENVER — Ryan O'Reilly scored 3:55 into overtime, as his shot trickled through the legs of Florida goalie Jose Theodore, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.

Paul Stastny tied it late in regulation, and Peter Mueller scored twice — his first goals since April 2010. Mueller has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms the last two seasons, missing all of 2010-11 and a good portion of this season.

The Avalanche caught the Panthers on a rush late in overtime, with O'Reilly shooting a puck right at Theodore, who couldn't corral it.

Florida had two breakaway chances in the extra period, but were turned away by Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Stephen Weiss, Marcel Goc and Tomas Kopecky scored for the Panthers, who lost their seventh straight road game.

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