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Oshie's shootout heroics power U.S. past Russia

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 12:53 AM

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Oshie's shootout heroics power U.S. past Russia
United States 3, Russia 2

SOCHI -- After playing 65 minutes of even hockey they'll likely never forget, 20 players wearing the red, white and blue became spectators with the best seats in the house for one of the most intense spectacles they'll likely ever see.

It took an eight-round shootout featuring some of the most skilled shooters in the world before a winner could be determined in what was arguably the most anticipated and hyped international hockey game since Canada and the United States played for the gold medal in Vancouver four years ago.

St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie was the scoring champion, going 4-for-6 in the shootout, to lift the United States to a 3-2 win against Russia in a circus-like atmosphere featuring 11,678 people packed into Bolshoy Ice Dome on Saturday blowing air horns, waving flags -- and some even dressed as flags.

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"I aged a couple of years in that shootout," United States coach Dan Bylsma said.

This was only a preliminary-round game. It's possible the Americans and Russians could play again later in the tournament when it's win-or-else time.

"It was awesome," U.S. center Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks said. "Whatever type of game you want to explain it as, it was that."

The Americans can clinch first place in Group A and receive a bye into the quarterfinals when they play Slovenia on Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN). They can finish with the No. 2 or No. 3 seed, depending on the result of the Canada-Finland game Sunday night. The U.S. can't finish with the No. 1 seed  after losing one point because the game went to overtime.

Teams get three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime or shootout win, and one point for an overtime or shootout loss.

Russia still has a shot at clinching the top spot in Group A, but it needs to beat Slovakia on Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, USA, SNET) and get some help from Slovenia. The U.S. leads the group with five points to Russia's four.

"Play the same game and we'll win," Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin said of Russia. "It was a good game, very interesting, the best game we played so far. We showed great hockey."

Oshie scored in the first, fifth, sixth and eighth rounds of the shootout. Jonathan Quick's glove save on Ilya Kovalchuk in the top of the eighth round gave Oshie the chance to win the game by beating Russia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for the winner in the bottom half.

Oshie's goals in the fifth and sixth rounds kept the shootout alive.

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who had both of Russia's goals in regulation, gave the Russians a 2-1 shootout lead in the fifth round, but Oshie scored to tie it. Kovalchuk made it 3-2 in the sixth, but Oshie beat Bobrovsky with a shot into the top right corner to tie it again.

International Ice Hockey Federation rules allow coaches to select a player to shoot multiple times if the shootout extends beyond the third round. Bylsma said there was zero consideration among the coaches on the bench toward going with someone other than Oshie, who is 7-for-10 (70 percent) in the shootout this season and 25-for-46 (54.3 percent) with 12 game-deciding goals in his career.

"He's been outstanding and by far has the best numbers on our team history-wise, and this year in particular," Bylsma said. "Once we got to the fourth shooter, with the quality of moves he had, we were going to ride him out."

Oshie joked he was glad to end the shootout when he did because he was running out of moves.

Ironically, he didn't score on two of his better moves; he missed wide to the right of an open net in the fourth round, and Bobrovsky came up with a majestic, reaching-back paddle save to stop him in the seventh.

"Somebody asked me what kind of dog he would be if he was a dog?" said David Backes, Oshie's teammate with the Blues and his roommate here in Sochi. "I said, 'He's a Jack Russell terrier.' He needs his attention directed or else he gets into a little mischief and he needs it guided. Today it was all functioned and funneled in the right way. He does some amazing things when it is."

The Russians thought they had taken a 3-2 lead with 4:40 left in the third period when Fedor Tyutin's shot from the point was deflected in front by Alexander Radulov and past Quick (29 saves) high to the glove side.

However, after referee Brad Meier pointed at the net to signify it was a goal, the referees conferred and decided to take a closer look. Television replays showed the net was slightly dislodged at the right post at the time the puck went in, so the officials took the goal away by following IIHF rules, which state no goal shall be allowed "if the net has been displaced from its normal position, or the frame of the goal net is not completely flat on the ice."

In regards to the disallowed goal Saturday, the IIHF stated: "Upon reviewing the goal, the net had clearly been displaced prior to the puck going into the net. ... The IIHF referee supervisor Konstantin Komissarov confirmed that the ruling made by referees Brad Meier and Markus Vinnerborg was the correct call and that the proper procedure had been followed with regards to the video review."

Bylsma said he never received an explanation as to why the goal was not allowed. He obviously wasn't complaining.

"I still don't know if it was a high stick or the net went off the mooring or God went in there and stopped it," Backes said. "I'm not sure."

The Russians blamed Quick for knocking the net off himself. Slava Voynov, Quick's teammate with the Los Angeles Kings, told reporters in Russian that he has seen the goalie do it before.

"I don't know what happened there, but definitely was a goal," Russia and Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin said. "Nobody touched the net. Their goalie touched the net and put it out. But the referee has to see it and at least give him two minutes, you know?"

The United States took a 2-1 lead at 9:27 of the third period when Pavelski scored the Americans' second power-play goal of the game with Radulov in the penalty box. Radulov was also in the box when Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler scored a game-tying power play goal with 3:26 left to play in the second period. That goal came more than seven minutes after Datsyuk gave the Russians a 1-0 lead.

However, Russia tied the game at 2-2 less than three minutes after Pavelski's goal as Datsyuk scored his second of the game, and the Russians' first on five power-play opportunities.

Kane had a chance to win the game midway through overtime when he was sprung for a breakaway. He tried to go five-hole, but Bobrovsky closed his pads just in time.

The Americans would have poured over the boards had Kane scored right then and there, but they had to wait, and wait, and wait some more before Oshie and Quick did enough so all 22 players, the coaching staff and really an entire nation of hockey fans could breathe a sigh of relief and start their celebration.

"I'm going to be in bed [Saturday night] thinking about it," Fowler said, "and I'll be thinking about it for the rest of my career."

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GAME SUMMARY

SCORING
USA 0 1 1 0 1 - 3
RUS 0 1 1 0 0 - 2

First Period
No scoring
Penalties – Wheeler USA (tripping) 10:28, Nikulin RUS (holding) 19:23

Second Period
1. RUS, Datsyuk (Markov, Radulov) 9:15
2. USA, Fowler – PPG (van Riemsdyk, Kessel) 16:34
Penalties - Pacioretty USA (holding) 5:00, Backes USA (cross checking) 11:14, Tyutin RUS (cross checking) 11:14, Radulov (cross checking) 15:17, Kane (hooking) 19:59

Third Period
3. USA, Pavelski - PPG (Kane, Shattenkirk) 9:27
4. RUS, Datsyuk - PPG (Markov) 12:44
Penalties – Brown USA (interference) 3:14, Radulov RUS (hooking) 8:27, Brown USA (kneeing) 12:26, Medvedev RUS (interference) 18:28

Overtime
No scoring
Penalties - none

Shootout
USA, T.J. Oshie shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: GOAL.
RUS, Evgeni Malkin shootout attempt against Jonathan Quick: MISSED.
USA, James van Riemsdyk shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: SAVED.
RUS, Pavel Datsyuk shootout attempt against Jonathan QuicK: SAVED.
USA, Joe Pavelski shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: SAVED.
RUS, Ilya Kovalchuk shootout attempt against Jonathan Quick: GOAL.
RUS, Ilya Kovalchuk shootout attempt against Jonathan Quick: SAVED.
USA, T.J. Oshie shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: MISSED.
RUS, Pavel Datsyuk shootout attempt against Jonathan Quick: GOAL.
USA, T.J. Oshie shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: GOAL.
RUS, Ilya Kovalchuk shootout attempt against Jonathan Quick: GOAL.
USA, T.J. Oshie shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: GOAL.
RUS, Pavel Datsyuk shootout attempt against Jonathan Quick: SAVED.
USA, T.J. Oshie shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: SAVED.
RUS, Ilya Kovalchuk shootout attempt against Jonathan Quick: SAVED.
USA, T.J. Oshie shootout attempt against Sergei Bobrovsky: GOAL.

SHOTS ON GOAL
USA 10 13 8 2 1 - 34
RUS 13 8 7 3 0 - 31

Goaltenders (saves-shots against) - USA: Quick (W, 29-31); RUS: Bobrovsky (L, 31-34)

Power plays (goals-chances) - USA: 2-5; RUS: 1-6

United States
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
42 D. Backes STL 6'3" 221 5/1/1984 Minneapolis, MN
23 D. Brown LAK 6'0" 212 11/4/1984 Ithaca, NY
24 R. Callahan NYR 5'11" 180 3/21/1985 Rochester, NY
88 P. Kane CHI 5'11" 181 1/19/1988 Buffalo, NY
17 R. Kesler VAN 6'2" 202 8/31/1984 Livonia, MI
81 P. Kessel TOR 6'0" 202 10/2/1987 Madison, WI
74 T.J. Oshie STL 5'11" 189 12/23/1986 Warroad, MN
67 M. Pacioretty MTL 6'2" 219 11/20/1988 New Canaan, CT
9 Z. Parise MIN 5'11" 190 7/28/1984 Minneapolis, MN
8 J. Pavelski SJS 5'11" 190 7/11/1984 Plover, WI
26 P. Stastny COL 6'0" 205 12/27/1985 Quebec City, QC, CAN
12 D. Stepan NYR 6'0" 196 6/18/1990 Hastings, MN
21 J. van Riemsdyk TOR 6'3" 200 5/4/1989 Middletown, NJ
28 B. Wheeler WPG 6'5" 205 8/31/1986 Robbinsdale, MN
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
4 J. Carlson WSH 6'3" 212 1/10/1990 Colonia, NJ
72 J. Faulk CAR 6'0" 215 3/20/1992 South St. Paul, MN
3 C. Fowler ANA 6'1" 196 3/5/1991 Farmington Hills, MI
7 P. Martin PIT 6'1" 200 3/5/1981 Elk River, MN
27 R. McDonagh NYR 6'1" 213 6/13/1989 St. Paul, MN
44 B. Orpik PIT 6'2" 219 9/26/1980 Amherst, NY
22 K. Shattenkirk STL 5'11" 207 1/29/1989 Greenwich, CT
20 R. Suter MIN 6'1" 198 1/21/1985 Madison, WI
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
35 J. Howard DET 6'0" 218 3/26/1984 Syracuse, NY
39 R. Miller BUF 6'2" 175 7/17/1980 East Lansing, MI
32 J. Quick LAK 6'1" 218 1/21/1986 Milford, CT
Russia
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
42 A. Anisimov CBJ 6'4" 198 5/24/1988 Yaroslavl, RUS
13 P. Datsyuk DET 5'11" 198 7/20/1978 Sverdlovsk, RUS
71 I. Kovalchuk 6'3" 230 4/15/1983 Tver, RUS
41 N. Kulemin TOR 6'1" 225 7/14/1986 Magnitogorsk, RUS
11 E. Malkin PIT 6'3" 195 7/31/1986 Magnitogorsk, RUS
43 V. Nichushkin DAL 6'4" 205 3/4/1995 Chelyabinsk, RUS
8 A. Ovechkin WSH 6'3" 230 9/17/1985 Moscow, RUS
24 A. Popov 5'10" 181 8/31/1980 Angarsk, RUS
47 A. Radulov 6'1" 200 7/5/1986 Nizhny Tagil, RUS
28 A. Semin CAR 6'2" 209 3/3/1984 Krasnojarsk, RUS
15 A. Svitov 6'4" 234 11/3/1982 Omsk, RUS
91 V. Tarasenko STL 6'0" 219 12/13/1991 Yaroslavl, RUS
27 A. Tereschenko 5'11" 176 12/16/1980 Moznajsk, RUS
10 V. Tikhonov 6'2" 189 5/12/1988 Riga, LAT
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
77 A. Belov EDM 6'4" 218 7/29/1986 Ryazan, RUS
26 S. Voynov LAK 6'0" 194 1/15/1990 Chelyabinsk, RUS
74 A. Emelin MTL 6'2" 224" 4/25/1986 Togliatti, RUS
79 A. Markov MTL 6'0" 201 12/20/1978 Voskresensk, RUS
82 Y. Medvedev 6'3" 198 8/27/1982 Chelyabinsk, RUS
6 N. Nikitin CBJ 6'4" 223 6/16/1986 Omsk, RUS
5 I. Nikulin 6'3" 216 3/12/192 Moscow, RUS
51 F. Tyutin CBJ 6'2" 212 7/19/1983 Izhevsk, RUS
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
72 S. Bobrovsky CBJ 6'2" 182 9/20/1988 Novokuznetsk, RUS
1 S. Varlamov COL 6'2" 209 4/27/1988 Samara, RUS
30 A. Eremenko 5'10" 165 4/10/1980 Moscow, RUS