T.J. Oshie leads USA to thrilling shootout win over Russia

T.J. Oshie was named to Team USA partly because of his prowess in the shootout.

That paid off when he put on a show in the shootout to beat Russia 3-2 on Saturday.

International rules allow a player to go multiple times in the shootout after the initial three shoot, and Oshie connected four out of six times to get the win.

"I've seen him do 1,000 times in practice, that little move he does," said USA and St. Louis Blues teammate David Backes. "It kind of makes me chuckle when I see it."

Oshie nearly had pull out his full repertoire when Ilya Kovalchuk tied the shootout and Pavel Datsyuk had put the Russians ahead at one point.

"His hockey sense is off the charts and he makes plays," Backes said. "Today he got to do it in front of a lot of spectators here and a lot of spectators back home."

The Americans had a great chance to win it in overtime, but Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Patrick Kane on a breakaway with 2:41 left in the five-minute OT. Bobrovsky squeezed his pads as Kane tried to push the puck between his pad.

In front of a crowd of 11,678, the Russians thought they had produced the game-winner on a shot by Fedor Tyutin with 4:40 remaining in the game, but the goal was disallowed because the net was slightly dislodged.

With Dustin Brown in the penalty box, Datsyuk tied the score with a power-play goal with 7:16 remaining in the third period. It was his second goal of the game.

Midway through the third period, Joe Pavelski had scored a power play goal to give USA a 2-1 lead. Kane set up the goal by threading a perfect pass through bodies.

The game was as tight and hotly contested as it was expected to be.

The symbol of intensity came early in the game when USA's Ryan Callahan and Russia's Evgeny Medvedev stood nose to nose jawing each other after a whistle.

There might not have been a more heated exchange between a Russian and American since President Kennedy exchanged words with Nikita Khruschev during the Cuban Missile crisis.

That level of intensity continued throughout the game. David Backes was a beast for the Americans, using his big body to be a physical defensive force.


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