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Oshie the shootout hero as U.S. outduels Russia in instant Olympic classic

Feb 15, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

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What a game.

Russia and the U.S. put on an Olympic performance for the ages on Saturday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, engaging in a thrilling affair that ended with four — yes, fourT.J. Oshie shootout goals as the Americans beat the Russians 3-2.

With international hockey rules allowing teams to send out the same shooters multiple times, the U.S. chose Oshie to shoot six times in the eight-round affair (Joe Pavelski and James van Riemsdyk took the others) while the Russians sent out Ilya Kovalchuk four times (scored twice), Pavel Datsyuk three (scored once) and Evgeni Malkin once.

VIDEO: Watch OT and the shootout again

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” American defenseman Ryan McDonagh told CBC’s Elliotte Friedman following the game.

The lead-up to the shootout was equally dramatic. The Americans and Russians engaged in a thrilling 65 minutes of action, with Datsyuk opening the scoring midway through the second period, only to have Cam Fowler — at 22, the youngest American on the ice — even it up with less than four minutes to go in the frame.

The teams then exchanged power play goals in the third period — Pavelski for the U.S., Datsyuk for Russia — before heading to overtime.

VIDEO: Al Michaels, Doc Emrick discuss game’s historical impact

But going to the extra session wasn’t without drama of its own.

Russia looked to have taken a crucial lead late in the game when Fedor Tyutin‘s point shot got past Jonathan Quick with 4:40 left to play. But after review, the net was deemed to be off its pegs — by the slightest of margins — and the goal was disallowed, giving the Americans new life.

The overtime session was thrilling, and the highlight came when Russia’s Sergei Bobrovsky, making his Olympic debut, stoned Patrick Kane on a clear-cut breakaway.

Datsyuk and defenseman Andrei Markov led all scorers with two points each, while the Americans continued the narrative of balanced attack with seven different players notching single points.

In performances that fit the overall narrative, both goalies were outstanding — Quick stopped 29 of 31 shots while Bobrovsky stopped 31 of 33.

Phew.

  1. pdmjr - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Russians got screwed

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      to an extent, but as they say thems the rules

    • killerpgh - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good….

    • cofran2004 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Goals don’t count when the net is off the moorings. If the goal had counted, the US would have gotten screwed.

      • tdrusher225 - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Dude it was like half an inch off the moorings. If this had happened to USA we’d all be up in arms right now

      • c9castine - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        not really. a rule is a rule. this isn’t a judgement call, like “was that really a hook?” or “was that a kicking motion?”

        you can plainly see the net is dislodged and the rule states that play is thus dead. period. there is no judgement, its a matter of observation.

        it was observed.

    • handsofsweed - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Good call. Bad rule. They need to tweak that so the mooring has to be all the way off like in the NHL. IIHF sucks.

    • badgerhockey77 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      The referee (Meier) was born in the USA but raised in Canada. Stop blaming the Refs people. And then go research the IIHF rule book. Also, the HEAD REFEREE was Russian…and he agreed with the call! USA got screwed by the refs as well.

  2. killerpgh - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Woooooooooooo! USA caught a break with that goal getting called off. What a Game!

    USA, USA, USA

  3. r8rbhawk - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    As a Blackhawks fan, I used to call TJ Oshie a poor-man’s Patrick Kane… Well that changed today. What skill! USA! USA!

    • paperlions - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      I think that is fair, their strengths are different. Kane has more skill with the puck than Oshie when other players are on the ice, Oshie definitely is better at falling down than Kane and plays a more physical game. Oshie has been huge in the shoot out all year, his moves to either side are pretty good, but 1/2 the time he just whips that wrister 5-hole while the goalie is waiting for a move.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      It’s still 1 on 1.

  4. buckeye044 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Huge win. Sorry Bobs.
    Game like that will help later in the tournament. Little worried about lack of scorers for US.

  5. paperlions - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Hell of a fun game to watch. Huge break for the US with the disallowed goal, but just a fun game for all 65 minutes. I wish they would have played 4-on-4 until it was decided, but the shoot out was pretty fun, too.

    • cybernetikghost - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I agree but I have a feeling that if that happened, we would still be watching the game now.

      • paperlions - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        …which would be fine by me.

  6. phillyfan11 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    That was a great game, USA!!

  7. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Can’t believe that shootout. Never seen anything like that before, didn’t even think it was legal to play one player over and over. One of the best games I’ve seen in a while.

  8. beergold - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    When you see the best players in the world going head to head and heart to heart it is the best hockey a person could ever see. I find getting interested in the NHL after the Olympics a tad tough to do.

    Wow what a game with another 4 or 5 GREAT games to enjoy!

  9. hockeyfan28 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Don’t care who you stick for NHLwise but this game is why we all love the game of hockey

  10. strictlythedanks - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Thankfully that chump dustin skid-mark brown didn’t cost us this game. Theres an absurd amount of players that should have made the team over him.

    • nightfireop - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      i understand the frustration there, as as kings fan i hear bad blood from fans about brownie all the friggin time. when i saw that tying goal i almost wanted to pull off a sjsharks66. but don’t forget, brownie also drew that penalty that allowed usa the tying goal earlier in the game.

      but you have to look beyond just brown, usa was constantly getting thrown into the penalty box. so if there’s anything to be taken from this game, we need to play more disciplined and not give teams the chance to draw easy penalties.

      • flyerspsu - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        in browns defense the 1st penalty call was absolutely horrible, he didnt even move when that Russian seemed to fall over nothing right by him

      • jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Brown didn’t “draw” a penalty. That idiot Radulov is just a (slightly) bigger tool than him. Drawing a penalty means Brown did something somewhat intelligent to cause it. DB almost cost us the game. Period…

    • tdaveniii - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Scumbag. . . and yet another “accidental” knee on knee to add to his lengthy list. And the trip before that was just simply bush league.

  11. jr507 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    neither team deserved to lose. amazing game. Drink it in TJ, ice water in the shootout.

    On another note, Kovalchuk still has it – wow.

  12. buckeye044 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Can we leave Dustin Brown at the hotel the rest of the tourney?

    • cybernetikghost - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Nope.

    • jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Can we leave him in Russia after the tourney is over?

  13. cajunhockey - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I wasn’t sure how I felt about the international rule that lets a team send the same shooter out, but midway through and now afterwards I definitely liked it. It was captivating to see with goaltender would “figure out” their opposition first.

    I agree with the above comment, neither team deserved to lose this.

  14. patthehockeyfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    And, to djshnooks who, in another post, wrote: “I hope Russia embarrasses Quick,” I’ve got just one other comment: Up yours!

    USA!! USA!!! USA!!!!!!

    Great job! Major props to Oshie and Quickie and the rest of the team.

    And it’s good to be able to exhale now.

  15. jkay1818 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Awesome win, chemistry will come with more practice. As a whole USA is deeper than Russia but those weapons for russia are nasty.

    Few things i took away from this, as much as pens fans are on here so ill get some thumbs down, orpik was painfully slow on a few occasions out there. Including the first russian goal. His mins dropped and fowler got more as the game went on.

    I know dustin brown brings leadership and size but he has no business being on this team. he isnt quick enough and doesnt have an offensive touch to be out there. Okposo can skate and plays the body as well. That knee on knee play is typical for him. I hope he proves me wrong and scores a big goal but he is sort of useless out there (for now)

    Everyone whining about callahan and the few people who thought it was a good choice, now you are seeing why he is picked. people tend to see one thing, goal scoring. there are other facets to the game. He never lets his foot off the pedal. He was throwing his body around all game and was nasty on the first penalty killing unit. Those stats don’t go on the scoresheet. he also has a bit of a scoring touch.

    they also don’t really miss bobby ryan, this team for the most part was really well assembled and seem like a great group of guys character wise.

    Unreal game and here is hoping for another us and canada rematch.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      spot on jkay1818,
      Team USA is very much a meat and potatoes, type of team. Granted they could us some more offence, but this team is put together well. I like what I see so far, they held there own against the Ruskies, but the need to go for the simple play and the clean shoots. Stop trying to go for the fancy passes and the chipping the puck softly. But i think those types of mistake will go away the further they go in the tournament. Hope to see a USA and Canader rematch as well, except this time its the Yanks with the gold.

  16. qauzaq - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    WOW what a game! I couldn’t stop shaking! Everyone really played great on USA. I never liked Kesler before but this one game has made me change my mind. He was fantastic and I hope he can still play cause that shot to the hand didn’t look good.USA USA USA

  17. shaundre93 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Brown needs to figure it out, he’s gonna end someone’s career if he keeps hitting like that.

    That aside, amazing game. Tough luck for the Russians, I personally feel a bit of an asterisk associated with that W, but luckily that game didn’t mean too much. Oshie going beast mode in the SO was fun to watch, looked like he was having tons of fun doing it. Also, i was super impressed with Mcdonaugh. thought he was the best d man. opposite for Orpik. did he make a single tape to tape pass? all he did was stand in front of the net. irrelevent. either Johnson would have been better. Can’t wait for more games like this!

    • qauzaq - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Honestly I went back after the game and looked at the Brown hit and could see anything indicating it was knee on knee. It went by waaay too fast to be sure one way or another. I’d love to see a slow motion reply if any one knows where to find one. Ignoring that I thought he played well and despite how bad he has been playing this year in LA he hasn’t looked out of place through the two games so far. I actually think everyone on USA has been pretty great overall. Hopefully they can keep it up. GO USA

    • cofran2004 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Asterisk? Why? The waved off goal? No… if the russians had won because of that, THEN there would be an asterisk. Goals DO NOT count when the net is off the moorings. Plain and simple.

      • shaundre93 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        You’re right, and they got the call right by the rules… But common sense will tell you that was a good goal. Probably a poor choice of words but we all know the net being off by an inch didn’t effect that play at all. Any good sport can admit that while they made the right call, Russia kinda got shafted

      • shaundre93 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Also, I saw someone mention that the goal pegs have been a recurring issue… An NHL goal would have slid back into place on that play. Happens all the time.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        But it didn’t. Why have the rules if we’re not really going to follow them?

        If this call had gone the other way, you’d see EVERYONE on this board, myself included up in arms. And they’d be right to be. The refs got it right.

    • chanceoffleury - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Listen to any competent Pens fan in the past few years describe Orpik and it’ll go something along the lines of “Great hitter, but my god help us all if the puck ever hits his stick!” He’s a turnover machine. His game wasn’t built to be played outside of North America. It’s still early though, he still has a little more time to find an effective role to play on the bigger ice surface with the team. Even if that role is “warmer of box level seats”, it’s still a role and he’ll eventually find one that suits him…….

  18. jpat2424 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Great win. Please don’t ever interview J Quick again. BAD

    • bruinspaw - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      I missed the interview, didnt get that coverage in the uk, what happened?

    • cybernetikghost - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      I think the problem was Pierre. He interviewed TJ Oshie like a weirdo too. He just threw familiar words at him. Sounded like he was having a stroke. “What do you have to say….people….Minnesota…North Dakota…say…”

  19. Seattle Puck Fans - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Seattle Hockey community PROUD OF LOCAL TJ OSHIE. We would like to have an NHL Team. Stop by and check us out. http://www.seattlepuckfans.com

    • flyerspsu - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Seattle should definitely have an NHL team, but isnt Oshie from Minnesota?

      • Seattle Puck Fans - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        He was born in Everrett WA just north of Seattle. They have a great JR team there called the Silvertips.

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      he is from Minnesota like much of the team

      • Seattle Puck Fans - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        I don’t mind having the argument about where he was born vs where he grew up, AS LONG AS US WINS :)

  20. pdmjr - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    NBC didn’t show Putin after the US goals, why not? Was it because Putin “eliminated” one of the Russians in his box after each USA goal?

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      When Datsyuk scored the first goal, I was disappointed, but, not too upset. That is, until the camera showed that pig Putin.

      I have nothing but respect for the Russian team; but, Putin? Just can’t stand him.

    • handsofsweed - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      No. But if I was Radulov, I’d be looking to hide inside of Patrick Kane’s luggage here in about a week or so.

  21. savior72 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    I was unaware of the international SO rule, but I said they need to put Oshie on for the shoot out, we’ll win. I didn’t see that coming though, wow, awsome!

  22. savior72 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    He’s was born in Everett Wa, 25 miles north of Seattle.

  23. penguins87and71 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    That was an epic game. I’m not sure I can take all this suspense so early in the morning. Wow what a game. USA! USA! USA! USA!

  24. lesleyvissersfacelift - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Exactly. Especially since the puck went in high and hit theback top bar, the goal sitting back like it was may have been enough to change the angle and let the puck in. The puck might have otherwise hit the crossbar and stayed out. And because no one can say for sure the goal doesn’t count.

    • cofran2004 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      not entirely correct. True, no one knows for sure if it goes in if the net is in the proper position, but that’s not why it didn’t count. It could have gone in dead center; if the net is off the moorings, it just doesn’t count. no matter what.

  25. jimeejohnson - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Maybe neither team deserved to lose, but I’d rather it be the Russians than the Americans, especially on the Russians home ice. USA hockey: only Team Canada stands in their way.

    • handsofsweed - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Hold your horses for a bit. You can add the Russians, Finns and Swedes to that list. None of them will be anything less than a hell of a fight the rest of the way.

  26. cybernetikghost - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I think the announcers should have done a quick run through as to the rules of a shootout and why exactly TJ Oshie was the only one shooting…..

  27. cmpuck - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Although the shootout was a bit much and US pulling a page from Ric Flair on the Russian’s 3rd goal. As a USA fan I’m happy and that was totally worth waking up early.

  28. tdaveniii - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Dustin Brown with another “accidental” knee on knee. He makes it so hard to root for my own country.

    • cofran2004 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      No. He doesn’t. There’s 21 other guys on the ice. You don’t have to like all of them. If you’re having a hard times choosing sides, then please… choose another one.

      • cybernetikghost - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Clap…………clap………..clap……..clap…….clap…..clap…clap..clap..clap.clap.clap.clapclapclapclap

      • tdaveniii - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        I want good, clean, well-played hockey. I don’t want a DB taking a run at the best player in the game (the center ice late hit on Datsyuk). I don’t want DB going for yet another knee on knee, or a bush league tripping play. I also don’t want to win because our goalie cheated. So it’s a bittersweet win for me.

  29. theageofquarrel - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    ‘Murica!!!

    • jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Amen, brother.

  30. helloname01 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Good to see mr brown spreading his ghetto thug style to the far reaches of the planet

  31. champ03 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I am new to the game, but I read you can’t score with your skate. I watch the first US goal and it seems that it was with the skate. The player tried to swing the stick, but if you watch carefully it didn’t hit the puck. Anybody watched this?

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      It’s a goal if the puck goes off the skate as long as there is no forward kicking motion. In other words, as long as a player doesn’t intentionally kick the puck into the goal, and the puck just goes off his skate, it’s a goal.

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