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After scoring twice, Sabres' O'Reilly plans to make an impact

Ryan O'Reilly says he's ready to make an impact.

After a forgettable start, the Sabres center has points in two straight games, including his first goals of the season. He scored twice during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vegas, giving him two goals and four points in seven games.

He had no goals and one assist in the opening five.

"Every year you've got to reinvent your game," O'Reilly said Thursday. "What worked last year at certain times isn't going to work this year at certain times. It's finding a new way and finding different things.

"It took a little bit longer than I wanted it to, but I feel better on the ice now. I feel like I can impact the game more, and I plan to. I've got to be one of the key guys on the team that's leading the charge here and doing things well."

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Both of O'Reilly's goals came on the power play, which went 3 for 5 against the Golden Knights after a 2-for-22 start.

"It's definitely nice to get on the board," O'Reilly said. "After last game, it's nice to have a spark on the power play. That gave us a chance to win the hockey game, and that's got to be better.

"You look at all the games we've played, we've had plenty of opportunities on the PP to create and get momentum, and we haven't done it. I personally feel confident on the power play now that I can make stuff happen, and hopefully it opens up."

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