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Video: O’Reilly takes advantage of giveaway, scores first goal for Avalanche

Oct 2, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

Ryan O’Reilly was opportunistic and it worked out for him and the Colorado Avalanche.

O’Reilly took advantage of a terrible Francois Beauchemin giveaway – meant to be a pass into the middle of the ice – at the Ducks blue line, went in alone and buried a wrist shot past Viktor Fasth to open the scoring.

Things have gone from bad to worse. The Avalanche opened up a 4-0 lead after two periods, and rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, recorded his first career NHL point, an assist on Jamie McGinn‘s goal.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    As I’m writing this it is currently 6-0 in the third. For those who thought Colorado was going to be the punching bag of the West, sans Calgary, than tonight might change some minds against one of the best teams in the West last year during the regular season.

    I’m not saying I think this team will become a top contender, but I think its going to be a much bigger first step in the right direction for this young coach and team than expected. If these kids can have fun with this, without the pressure of expectations, than they have a chance to thrive and start off right.

    • jernster21 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      The offensive talent is definitely there. Varly made some big saves to prevent getting down early and was awesome all game. The defense need to clean up the turnovers but overall they didn’t look too bad at all. It’s only one game though, we’ll see how it goes considering this team has struggled with consistency for years now. I definitely think they could be a sleeper/underrated team this year though.

  2. tru2joelu4eva - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    boner city!!!!!

  3. mp1131211 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Hell yes!

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