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Video: O’Reilly accidentally deflects puck into own net

Mar 3, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche completed their reunion on Sunday after an awkward contract negotiation estrangement. His first game back didn’t really go as planned.

The Avalanche lost 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime, in part because of this unfortunate mistake by O’Reilly:

One can only imagine the jokes that must have been floating around about O’Reilly, 22, scoring that own goal “on purpose.”

The young forward owned up to the mistake to the Denver Post.

“Bad play by me there. I got to be strong on my stick and get it out of there,” O’Reilly said. “If I do that we probably win that game.”

Getty Images captures the moment:

source: Getty Images

To be fair, it’s been about nine months since he last played in an NHL game. He played just under 16 minutes (15:52) in the game, failing to register a shot or hit while going 9-14 in the faceoff circle.

Oddly enough, he also switched numbers; O’Reilly went from No. 37 to No. 90 for some reason.

  1. jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    money well spent.

    • polegojim - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Very weak attempt. He’ll assure it’s a wasted year while he ‘relearns’ how to play.

  2. csilojohnson - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Pretty bad stats. At least he scored a goal……

  3. 950003cups - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Been a while. He forgot what the Avs jerseys look like. Give the little rich millionaire a break.

  4. 950003cups - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    They have up a 1st and 3rd round pick for that? Lol!!

    • ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      nah that’s what the Flames WOULD have had to give up if they got him.

  5. andidee15 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    “O’Reilly went from No. 37 to No. 90 for some reason.”

    He wore #9 growing up. Duchene snagged that, and O’Reilly was assigned #37 in camp. Even without the holdout, he was planning on changing it to #90 this year, but he said that he wanted a “new direction” when he came back as well.

  6. hy3rid28 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    what did his dad have to day about it

  7. kingsforever - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Lol to think that when he becoms a RFA again the base salary will be 6.5M
    Avis will then trade him to the islanders

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