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WORLDS RECAP: O'REILLY SCORES TWICE IN BLOWOUT WIN OVER BELARUS

by Jourdon LaBarber / Buffalo Sabres

Ryan O'Reilly scored his first two goals of the tournament on Monday, and neither of them went in off his stick. That's just how things are going right now for Canada, who continued their dominant start to the 2016 IIHF World Championship with an 8-0 victory over Belarus in St. Petersburg, Russia.

With Canada shorthanded and nursing a 2-0 lead in the first period, O'Reilly angled his skate to deflect a 2-on-1 pass from Boone Jenner into the net for his first goal. He struck again 1:26 into the third period, this time dishing the puck toward the net-front and seeing it deflect in off the skate of a Belarus defenseman to extend Canada's lead to 6-0.

O'Reilly now has four points (2+2) in three games at the World Championship.

Matt Duchene led the way in scoring for Canada with three points (1+2), while Cody Ceci (0+2), Derrick Brassard (1+1), Corey Perry (1+1) and Connor McDavid (0+2) each matched O'Reilly with two points. Cam Talbot stopped all 13 shots he faced in net.

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart put three shots on goal and earned a plus-1 rating in 7:53 of ice time.

Canada remains undefeated with three regulation victories. They've outscored their opponents 20-2 and sit atop the Group B standings with four games remaining in the Preliminary Round.


LAT 0 – RUS 4
After taking their first two games of the tournament to overtime, Zemgus Girgensons and the Latvian team earned their first regulation loss against Russia on Monday in a 4-0 affair. Artemi Panarin, the Calder Trophy finalist from the Chicago Blackhawks, factored into all four of Russia's goals (2+2).

Panarin opened the scoring 29 seconds into the second period on an assist from Pavel Datsyuk. He then assisted on Russia's next two goals prior to adding some extra insurance with a power-play goal to cap the scoring with 2:30 remaining in regulation.

Girgensons totaled 21:29 of ice time and put two shots on goal. Latvia falls to 0-1-0-2 with the loss, tied for last place in Group A through three games with two points in the standings.


USA 2 – FIN 3
Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe sat for the second-straight contest as the U.S. took its second loss of the tournament against undefeated Finland. McCabe is day-to-day after sustaining an injury when he fell into the boards against Canada on Friday.

 Goals from Frank Vatrano and Connor Murphy brought the U.S. back from an early 2-0 deficit, but a power-play goal by Leo Komarov with 15:44 remaining in the third period proved to be the game-winner for Finland. Team USA falls to 1-2-0-0 with the loss.

 After playing just one shift in a win over Belarus on Saturday, Sabres forward Hudson Fasching put one shot on goal in 7:34 of ice time.


UP NEXT
Girgensons and Latvia will return to action against Switzerland on Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. EST. The U.S. and Canada, meanwhile, will have two days off before resuming play on Thursday. The U.S. will face France at 9:15 a.m. EST, which can be seen live on NBCSN. Canada will play Germany at 1:15 p.m.

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