O'Reilly forced overtime after scoring for the third straight game in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues. O'Reilly floated towards the front of the net and got an incredible pass from captain Brian Gionta before netting his seventh of the season. The young center has been buzzing lately, registering a game-high seven shots Thursday. He now has three goals and 17 shots over his past three games.
O'Reilly scored a goal for the second straight game Tuesday -- this time on the power play -- but it was the Sabres' only tally in a 3-1 loss to Dallas. After going five games without a point and not even taking a shot on goal in the final two of that span, O'Reilly's bounced back by taking 10 shots and getting rewarded in these last two contests. Unfortunately, he's also been the only Sabre to score in the last two games. He's been a bit streaky in the early going here, but it's added up to strong production for the 24-year-old pivot, and there's no reason to think it won't continue.
O'Reilly picked up his first point -- a goal -- in six games in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Sharks. That drought came after O'Reilly had put up a five-game, 10-point run. He needs to iron out some of those peaks and valleys in his production to be a true number-one center. But he's getting there. He has 14 points in 17 games this season.
O'Reilly scored an assist Tuesday against the Flyers, giving him points in three straight games. O'Reilly now has five points in his past three games and leads the team in scoring with eight points in nine games. After admitting that his offensive play was disappointing to start the year, Buffalo's top center has really kicked it up a notch. He scored 55 and 64 points over the past two years with Colorado and should be able to replicate that total with the Sabres. However, it should be noted that his shooting percentage of 14.3 percent is higher than his career average of 10.3 percent. The goal-scoring pace could slow down while his assists should ramp up.
O'Reilly will have his hearing on Nov. 5th, reports AM980 London News. O'Reilly was charged before the season for impaired driving after hitting a Tim Horton's with his truck. The Sabres play the Lightning on Nov. 5th, so his status for that game is questionable at the moment, though he's not expected to miss any significant time.
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