Olympics, Winter

Team USA beats Russia in shootout thanks to TJ Oshie and Jonathan Quick

2/15/14 in Olympics, Winter   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Team USA beats Russia in shootout thanks to TJ Oshie and Jonathan QuickYou had to be up at 7:30 am eastern to see it, but those who got up got to see the game of the Olympic hockey tournament so far. The US and Russia played a tight, back-and-forth affair that saw brilliance and controversy. In the end, thanks to goalie Jonathan Quick and forward TJ Oshie, the US came away with a 3-2 shootout win.

Russia got on the board first in the second period on a brilliant Pavel Datsyuk goal, but the US answered seven minutes later with a power play tally from Cam Fowler. The US took the lead in the third on a goal by Joe Pavelski, set up by a perfect pass by Patrick Kane. Three minutes later, Datsyuk answered to tie it back it up.

It looked like Russia would take a 3-2 lead, but the refs ruled that the net was slightly off its moorings and disallowed the goal. Insert a joke about the refs being sent to Siberia here.

The game headed into overtime, and then the shootout. To no one's surprise, the original three attempts weren't enough to settle things. In Olympic rules, a player can keep going in the shootout again and again. Russia alternated with Datysuk and Ilya Kovalchuk. The US kept with Oshie of the St. Louis Blues every single shot after those first three. Finally, in round eight, Quick stoned Kovalchuk, and Oshie beat out Sergei Bobrovsky for the win. Here's video of the entire shootout.

It was only a pool play game, but damn would it be nice to see these teams again eight days from now.
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2/15/14   |   Scott   |   54577 respect

The crazy part is that Oshie was about 2 or 3 inches away from going 6-6 in that shoot out.