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O'Reilly, Canada advance to World Cup Final

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

A few weeks ago, it looked like Ryan O'Reilly wasn't going to play in the World Cup of Hockey at all. Now, he's got a chance to win the whole thing.

O'Reilly and Team Canada earned a 5-3 win over his new Sabres teammate Dmitry Kulikov and Team Russia on Saturday night to advance to the best-of-three Final. They'll play the winner of Sunday's Semifinal matchup between Europe and Sweden.

The game between Canada and Russia was tight through 40 minutes, with the two teams entering the second intermission tied with two goals apiece. Canada finally broke away in the third, however, with three unanswered goals. 

Sidney Crosby led the way for the Canadians with a goal and three assists, while Brad Marchand scored to tie the game in the second period and then scored the go-ahead goal 1:16 into the third. Corey Perry and John Tavares also scored goals for Canada.

O'Reilly accumulated 8:10 of ice time, including 1:23 on the penalty kill, while Kulikov skated 17:28. 

While Kulikov joins his new Sabres teammates at training camp, O'Reilly will wait to see which team Canada will meet when the World Cup Final begins with Game 1 at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday and, if necessary, Game 3 will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday. All three games can be seen live on ESPN 2.

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