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O'Reilly named Player of the Game in win over France at Worlds

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

In other Sabres news today, Ryan O'Reilly scored for Team Canada and was named Player of the Game as they defeated France 3-2 in Paris at the 2017 IIHF Championship. Zemgus Girgensons and Latvia fell to Sweden 2-0, their first loss of the tournament.


O'Reilly opened the scoring on the power play 5:19 into the game. He was set up behind the net to the right of French goaltender Florian Hardy and collected a pass from Nathan MacKinnon. He then skated out in front, unimpeded, and potted a backhander for his second of the tournament. 

France ended up taking a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but Canada rallied back with a power-play goal from Claude Giroux late in the second and the eventual game-winner by Marc-Edouard Vlasic 2:22 into the third. 

O'Reilly also recorded four shots on goal in 17:28 of ice time. Canada improves to 4-0-0 and sits atop Group A.


Girgensons finished with one shot on goal in 18:23 of action in the loss to Sweden. Latvia is now 3-1-0 with nine points and is in third place in Group B behind Russia (11 points) and Team USA (9 points).

Up next

Girgensons and Latvia will play Jack Eichel and Team USA on Saturday at 6:15 a.m. The game can be seen live on NHL Network, or streamed on and the NBC Sports App. You can also catch a replay on NBCSN around 10 p.m. 

Canada will play Switzerland later in the day, with puck drop set for 2:15 p.m. at AccorHotels Arena in Paris. Switzerland sits in second place, three points behind Canada, in Group B.

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