T.J. Oshie introduced himself to the world with his sensational performance in the United States’ 3-2 shootout win over Russia. The win gave the Americans 2 out of a possible 3 points, placing them atop the Group A standings.
Oshie scored on 4 of his 6 shootout attempts, including the clincher in the 8th round. To put Oshie’s performance in perspective, the New Jersey Devils have scored just 1 shootout goal in 25 chances. Oshie scored 4 times in just 6 tries.
The whole world saw Oshie’s amazing shootout display, but who is the man they call T.J. Oshie?
Oshie is a 27-year-old right wing for the St. Louis Blues. Originally from Mt. Vernon, Washington, Oshie was the 24th pick of the first round by the Blues in the 2005 NHL draft.
He made his NHL debut in 2008 with St. Louis, and went on to score 14 goals in 57 games. His best season came during the 2011-2012 campaign in which Oshie scored 19 goals, tallying 54 points in a career high 80 games.
So far this season, Oshie is far and away having his most productive season. Oshie is on pace to set career highs for goals and points. Through 57 games, Oshie has 14 goals to go along with 46 points for the Central Division leading Blues.
His specialty though is the shootout, which is exactly the reason why Team USA General Manager David Poile even picked Oshie to be on the team.
“You know at some point we are going to end up in a shootout, and we are going to want T.J. Oshie,” Poile said well before today’s game against Russia. Oshie’s shootout dominance today makes Poile look like a genius.
Believe it or not, Oshie is actually tied for the NHL lead in shootout goals this season with 7. He leads all American Born players in that category.
In the 2008-2009 season, Oshie won the “Goal of the Year” award for what he did to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Here’s that goal.
That is what they call nasty.
With his performance today, Oshie cemented his place in US olympic history. The only way it can get better is if the United States can bring a gold medal back for the first time since 1980.