Things haven't gone well for Ryan O'Reilly lately. Just ask him.
Using words such as embarrassing, frustrating and terrible, the Sabres' lone All-Star lambasted himself Friday after preparing for Saturday's game in Boston.
"I’ve been very frustrated with myself the last few games," O'Reilly said in HarborCenter. "The last handful of them, I don’t think I’ve been anywhere near where I want to be. I’ve been terrible in my own end. I haven’t been creating as much offense. I don’t know if it was just maybe lucky early on in the season, but I think I have a lot to learn going forward.
"I’ve had the game on my stick in a lot of different areas and not stepped up and made the big plays, which is the kind of pressure and stuff I want to do. I have a lot of work to do in getting back to where I need to be and help the team win."
O'Reilly has 17 goals and 42 points in 52 games, but he hasn't found the net in 11 games while putting up a minus-10 rating. O'Reilly, who leads all NHL forwards with 21:54 of ice time per game, insists his slump is not due to fatigue.
"Not at all," he said. "I feel great going into every game. It’s not fatigue at all. It’s something I’m trying to figure out. I don’t why I’m not having success.
"Maybe it’s just back to reality and maybe I’m not the goal scorer I thought I was. I have to find a new way because these are key points that we need, and I have to help."
O'Reilly had a chance to find the net in the shootout Thursday night, but he fell to 0 for 5 this season as the Sabres suffered a 3-2 loss to the Bruins.
"I’m definitely frustrated there," he said. "It’s embarrassing that I haven’t put one in yet. I’ve had the game on my stick very many times and not pulled through. It’s frustrating, and I have to be better.
"I love that pressure, but I’m not having success with it. It’s definitely a big reason why we don’t get those extra points."