EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)
O'Reilly had two goals and two assists and Buffalo pounded the
O'Reilly's four-point effort came alongside new linemate Okposo, a free agent signing who played his first game after missing Buffalo's opener with a sore knee.
''(O'Reilly) might not get as much recognition as he should, but he's such a heady player,'' said Okposo, who had a goal and an assist in his Sabres debut. ''He's such a smart player, you can see it when you play against him and just playing with him, he makes so many little plays, never puts you in a bad spot, he's an easy guy to play with.''
O'Reilly said he also felt very comfortable playing with Okposo.
''He's huge, a big reason why we won tonight,'' he said. ''That was my first time getting to play with him, obviously I enjoy it. He does so much out there, he plays such a strong game and to impact the lineup like he did tonight was huge and that's what we need.''
''We looked like the Bad News Bears,'' Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. ''We had guys falling all over the place. We didn't execute. Our passing was poor. From the goaltender to the blue line to the forwards, nobody was ready to play.''
Buffalo started the scoring 2:37 into the first period when
The Sabres went up 2-0 7:14 in. Okoposo made a great pass while on the power play to O'Reilly at the back door.
Edmonton got one back with 2:40 left in the opening frame when the rebound from
The Oilers tied the game with 1:00 left in the period when the big rebound from
Buffalo got a freebie 3:53 into the second when O'Reilly took a shot just from Buffalo's side of center that Talbot badly misjudged and ended up tipping into his own net.
The Sabres restored their two-goal lead midway through the second when Gionta tipped in
With Talbot back in net, the Sabres made it 5-2 just 37 seconds into the third. Gionta tucked a shot between Talbot's legs on Buffalo's 16th shot of the game.
The Sabres kept it coming with Moulson's power-play goal four minutes later.
NOTES: The Sabres were without a pair of big-name players up front with center
Sabres: Travel to Calgary to play Tuesday.
Oilers: Host Carolina on Tuesday.