SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Ryan O'Reilly is on a roll.
O'Reilly wasted little time in making his presence felt. His goal came at 1:34 in. Matt Duchene missed a wraparound shot but O'Reilly grabbed the rebound and sneaked it past Thomas in the corner of the net to make it 1-0.
The goal was O'Reilly’s team-leading 19th, a new career high, and his fifth in the past six games.
“If you put doubt in their minds, that’s a huge thing. Getting a couple early is always going to set them back,” O'Reilly said. “We started good and that start won it for us.”
Jamie McGinn and Paul Stastny also scored for Colorado and Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves.
Colorado won for the fifth time in six games.
Trailing 3-0, the Panthers scored twice in the third to make it interesting.
The Panthers made it 3-1 on Upshall’s goal at 5:18 of the third. Tomas Fleischmann swept the puck from behind the net to Upshall in the crease. Upshall pushed the puck past Varlamov’s right leg and into the net for his 100th career goal.
Tom Gilbert’s slap shot with 1:43 left in the game from the point deflected off Upshall’s foot and past Varlamov, who was screened on the play, and made the score 3-2.
“We were playing desperate. I thought we picked up our pace. We were kind of carrying the momentum,” Upshall said.
The Panthers outshot Colorado 20-6 in the final period, including 15-0 in the last 13:13.
“We certainly had urgency in the third. We had a ton of chances to tie it up and it didn’t happen,” Panthers coach Peter Horachek said.