T.J. Oshie went 4 for 6 in the shootout and became an American Olympic Hero, helping USA Hockey to topple the Russian squad 3-2 Saturday.
Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored regulation goals for the US, who were pushed to overtime and the shootout by Russia after Pavel Datsyuk scored the second of his two goals in the 3rd period.
They only got to overtime because of a questionable call that after review reversed a potential Fedor Tyutin lead-taking goal, late in the 3rd.
Tyutin had appeared to score and replays had been focused on a potential high stick deflection that never happened. But the goal ultimately was waived off because of a loose net, which drew the ire of the hometown Russian crowd.
Sergei Bobrovsky had a heck of a game in a losing effort, most impressively stopping a Patrick Kane breakaway in overtime to get to the shootout. But American goalie, Jon Quick, picked over the Vancouver Silver-Medalist Ryan Miller to start these Olympics in net, was better in net today, stopping just enough shots in the shootout to give Oshie a chance to win the latest matchup in one of international sports’ greatest rivalries.
While it will never hold up to the “Miracle on Ice” game back in 1980, which had American college students take down the impervious and invincible USSR team in the midst of the Cold War, this itself was a unique thriller finishing in a gimmicky final that we will remember for a lifetime.
It’s not every day someone wins a major battle in Russia in the winter.
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