DENVER (Reuters) - Matt Duchene scored his first overtime winner to give the Colorado Avalanche a 6-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators that moved them to the top of the Northwest Division.
"It's amazing. It's my first ever," Duchene told reporters of his winning goal.
"It's a pretty great feeling. It's one of those things where you score and you kind of think, 'Did I just score?' You kind of black out. It's pretty cool. It's definitely a pretty good feeling and a huge win for us."
However, the Avalanche's Ryan O'Reilly forced overtime when he scored a goal with 3:13 left in the third period to tie the scores at 5-5 before Duchene's wrister won it.
"The tying goal was just an incredibly huge goal for us," said Colorado coach Joe Sacco. "It was a great play off the rush. We've won some games by being resilient, there's no question about it."
TJ Galiardi, Cody McLeod, and Kevin Porter also scored for Colorado (18-10-4), who won for the fifth straight game to open a two-point advantage over Vancouver in the division standings.
Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek and Matt Carkner scored for Ottawa (14-16-4).
"We played hard and we did a lot of good things," Senators coach Cory Clouston said.
"We just didn't defend very well enough or get a save when we needed one. They're a good team and they pressure you. They make you pay for your mistakes."
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Patrick Johnston)