It took a while, but the United States drew first blood in the battle of the big boys at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
T.J. Oshie scored four times in an eight-round shootout to give the Americans a 3-2 win on a wild Saturday afternoon that turned into evening at Bolshoy Ice Dome. International Ice Hockey Federation rules allow shooters to go multiple times after the first three rounds, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma saw no reason to go away from Oshie.
He 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. Pavel Datsyuk, who had both of Russia's goals in regulation, gave the Russians a 2-1 shootout lead in the fifth round and Kovalchuk made it 3-2 in the sixth before Oshie beat Bobrovsky into the top right corner to tie it and keep the shootout going.
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