Sabres' O'Reilly scored the overtime winner for Canada at the World Championship

Canada is guaranteed to play for a medal

Paul Hamilton
May 17, 2018 - 1:37 pm

Photo: Liselotte Sabroe - Ritzau Scanpix via AP

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(WGR 550) - The Sabres' Ryan O’Reilly had gone four games without a point, but he broke out of it in a big way on Thursday, scoring the overtime winner to put Canada into the semifinals of the World Championship.

Canada got a power play in overtime, which helped them beat Russia 5-4.

Connor McDavid (EDM) made a gorgeous pass through a defenseman’s legs to get the puck to a wide open O’Reilly for the goal. O’Reilly told TSN, “It started with the draw, I was trying to get it back and get some motion to see what they’d give us and then Connor made an unbelievable pass. I’m amazed at how he got that through and it just hit my stick and in.”

McDavid had three assists on the game and is tied with Patrick Kane (CHI) of the U.S. with 11 assists in eight games. McDavid is third in scoring with 16 points.

Canada went out to a 2-0 on goals by Colton Parayko (STL) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM), but Russia stormed back to tie it in the second period.

Canada got two more goals from Kyle Turris (NASH) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (CLM).

Darcy Kuemper (ARZ) wasn’t very good, but he did make 26 saves for the win. He let in a few goals that Canada won’t get away with in the medal round.

Canada is assured of playing for a medal and will meet Switzerland on Saturday in the semifinals. The Swiss upset Finland, who had demolished both Canada and the United States. 

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