Saturday, February 15, 2014

U.S. Edges Russia, 3-2, in Olympic Shootout

T.J. Oshie (North Dakota) scored four shootout goals and the U.S. defeated Russia, 3-2, in a men’s hockey preliminary-round game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Unlike in the NHL, IIHF rules allow players to make multiple attempts in shootouts. Oshie's took six of the Americans' eight shots, ultimately beating Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovski between the pads to end it.
Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski (Wisconsin) scored for the U.S. in regulation, with James van Riemsdyk (New Hampshire) and Phil Kessel (Minnesota) drawing assists on the first goal and Patrick Kane and Kevin Shattenkirk (Boston University) assisting on the second.
Russia, which had a 1-0 lead before surrendering two straight U.S. goals, got its own two goals from Pavel Datsyuk. A goal by Fyodor Tutin that would have put the host team up by a goal in the third period was disallowed because the American net had been knocked off moments before by U.S. goaltender Jonathan Quick (Massachusetts), who finished with 29 saves in regulation and then stopped 5 of 8 shots in the shootout.
The U.S. now faces Slovenia, a 3-1 winner over Slovakia today for its first-ever Olympic victory, on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET) to complete Group 'A' play.

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