Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seguin out, O'reilly in for Canada

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seguin out, O'reilly in for Canada

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Tuesday, Buffalo center Ryan O'Reilly was relaxing at home.

Wednesday, he was in Team Canada's lineup for its World Cup of Hockey exhibition against Russia.

"I was just trying to prepare for the season, and now it's here," O'Reilly said. "And I'm getting ready to play a game."

O'Reilly was summoned because of an injury to Tyler Seguin of Dallas. The injury reportedly isn't severe but would have limited Seguin's availability for much of the tournament.

"I wanted to be here," O'Reilly said. "I wanted to be on this team. . It's unfortunate it's through an injury."

O'Reilly said Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong had called him a few days earlier, giving him a heads-up that injuries might prompt management to add O'Reilly to its roster.

O'Reilly suddenly was thrust into a high-stakes tournament, beginning with a final tune-up against one of Canada's historic rivals.

"It's going to be a little different, definitely," he said. "I was skating hard, but the big difference will be the physicality."

Seguin isn't the first to pull out of the World Cup with an injury - it has been a trend sure to rankle NHL brass - but nobody can accuse Seguin of not trying to play for his country. He nearly began a best-on-best tournament on one leg.

"I think it tells you how much it means to us to be able to put on this jersey and represent our country," Sidney Crosby said. "There's a lot of pride that comes with that."

RUSSIAN TEST

Team Russia trotted out a highly skilled line of Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov and Pavel Datsyuk.

Ovechkin, for one, was looking forward to playing with the Russian legend Datsyuk and thinks the trio could mesh well.

"We're similar players, both very skilled," Ovechkin said. "Great with the puck. It's nice to have him."

SPEAKING OF DATSYUK . . .

Datsyuk told the Post-Gazette Sunday night that the NHL has seen a decline in creative players. Asked about those comments by a TSN reporter Wednesday morning, Crosby said he could see where Datsyuk was coming from. …

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