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O'REILLY, TEAM CANADA STORM PAST CZECH REPUBLIC IN WORLD CUP OPENER

by Chris Ryndak / Buffalo Sabres

Team Canada dominated in their 2016 World Cup of Hockey opener against the Czech Republic with a 6-0 win on Saturday at Air Canada Centre.

The Sabres' own Ryan O'Reilly skated 14:28 for Team Canada, including 3:11 on the penalty kill, a spot where he is expected to be relied heavily upon in any tournament game he plays.

Sidney Crosby led the way for the Canadians with a goal and three assists. Canada jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first, scored twice more in the second and added another goal in the third. Brad Marchand (1+2) and John Tavares (0+2) also had multi-point nights.

Canada outshot their opponents 50-27. Carey Price picked up the shutout while Michal Neuvirth was slapped with the loss for the Czech Republic.

O'Reilly and Team Canada are back in action on Tuesday when the take on the United States at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Buffalo's other three participants in the World Cup will take the ice on Sunday for their first games of the preliminary round.

Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and Team Russia will take on Sweden at 3 p.m. That game can be seen on ESPN.

Then at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, two of Buffalo's bright young stars will go head to head. Jack Eichel and Rasmus Ristolainen will square off when Team North America plays Finland.

Stay tuned to Sabres.com for coverage of the World Cup of Hockey.

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