Ryan O'Reilly wants to use the world championships as a springboard to the World Cup. He's off to a good start.
The Sabres center recorded two assists Friday to help lead Canada to a 5-1 victory over the United States. It was the opening game for both teams in the tournament being played in Russia.
O'Reilly, who led NHL forwards in ice time at 21:44 per game, skated 13:28 and was plus-2. Teammate Sam Reinhart skated 6:33 as a fourth-line extra and recorded one shot.
The Sabres' representatives on the American team had a rough day. Hudson Fasching was minus-3 despite playing just 7:51. Jake McCabe left the game with an injury during the first period but returned. He skated 11:26 and was minus-1.
McCabe injury pic.twitter.com/8WPFN4dkFf
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Zemgus Girgensons skated 19:53 and was minus-1 with one shot in Latvia's 2-1 overtime loss to Sweden.