The S-Oshie olympics have begun. T.J. Oshie scored on not one, not two, not three, but four of his six shootout attempts to lift the United States to a dramatic 3-2 shootout win over the hometown Russians in the preliminary round of the men’s hockey tournament.
It wasn’t 1980, but it was definitely pretty close.
Russia got on the scoreboard first when captain Pavel Datsyuk beat Jonathan Quick on a streak to the net just over 9 minutes into the second period.
The Americans answered 7 minutes later after Cam Fowler put the puck in back of the net off a juicy pass from James van Riemsdyk.
In the 3rd period, Patrick Kane set up Joe Pavelski for a goal that gave the US a 2-1 lead with just over 11 minutes to go in the game.
The Russians weren’t done. Datsyuk brought his team back on the power play due to Alexander Radulov completely shielding Quick. Datsyuk took advantage by sneaking his shot past Quick’s glove hand. The game was tied at 2.
Fedor Tyutin appeared to give Russia a 3-2 lead with 4:40 to go, but the goal was disallowed because the US net was slightly dislodged. Quick immediately notified the officials who confirmed the no goal after review.
The game would go to overtime and in the overtime session, Patrick Kane was sprung loose on a breakaway and tried to go five hole but was snuffed out by Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
To the dismay of many, the game went to a shootout. The shootout though, lived up to the hype.
T.J. Oshie got it started with a goal, and it all came down to Ilya Kovalchuck in the 3rd round. Kovalchuck rifled a blast past Quick to keep the Russians alive momentarily.
US coach Dan Bylsma then had the choice to choose whoever he wanted for the shootout, so he went with Oshie the rest of the way. Oshie scored on 2 of his next 4 attempts, and Datsyuk along with Kovalchuck both missed potential game winners.
That left it up to Oshie who beat Bobrovsky for the 4th time in the 8th round of the shootout to end it.
Oshie’s shootout performance is sure to make him an American hero. He put the team on his back and came through as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Jonathan Quick was superb in net for the Americans saving 29 of 31 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky also held his own stopping 31 of 33 US shots in regulation. Bobrovsky though had no answer for Oshie in the shootout.
The Americans will be at in again tomorrow morning against Slovenia at 7:30.