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by Paul on 02/15/14 at 12:35 PM ET
SOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn./St. Louis Blues) scored four times on six shootout attempts, including the clinching tally in the eighth round, to deliver a 3-2 shootout victory for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team over Russia today at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Anaheim Ducks) and Joe Pavelski (Plover, Wis./San Jose Sharks) each tallied power-play goals in regulation, and goaltender Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn./Los Angeles Kings) made 29 saves during regulation and overtime, plus another five stops in the shootout.
"It was a great game all around in an unbelievable setting and atmosphere," said Dan Bylsma, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. "This is our second game, and while it's a big win for our team, we have to keep going forward."
Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk opened the scoring midway through the second period by splitting the U.S. defense and beating Quick with a glove-side wrist shot.
Team USA tied the game with a Fowler power-play goal at 16:34. Phil Kessel’s (Madison, Wis./Toronto Maple Leafs) shot from the left circle rebounded to James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J./Toronto Maple Leafs), who slid the puck across the crease and off of Fowler’s left skate into the net.
Quick and Team USA denied a pair of Russian power plays in the opening five minutes of the third period. At 5:07, Quick made a sprawling glove save on Evgeni Malkin’s one-time blast.
Pavelski converted on a man-advantage at 9:27, one-timing a perfect pass from Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks) to put the U.S. ahead, 2-1. Following a face-off win, Kane setup outside the right circle before firing a pass through multiple Russians that found Pavelski in the left circle.
Russia capitalized on the power play at 12:44, tying the game, 2-2. From the right circle, Datsyuk utilized a screen in front and slid the puck between the legs of Quick.
Kane had the best chance for either team in overtime, a breakaway with 2:43 to go that was stopped by Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovski, who finished with 31 saves.
The U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team (1-1-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L) can secure first place in Group A with a victory tomorrow (Feb. 16) over Slovenia at Shayba Arena. The U.S. preliminary round finale will start at 7:30 a.m. ET and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
NOTES: For today's box score, plus video highlights and photos, click here ... The U.S. had never participated in a shootout at the Olympic Winter Games prior to today's contest ... Patrick Kane extended his Olympic point streak to four games ... Cam Fowler tallied his first-ever Olympic goal ... Phil Kessel led Team USA with seven shots on goal ... Ryan Suter played a game-high 29:56 ... Ryan Kesler (15-of-24) and Paul Stastny (10-of-16) both had a 62.5 percent success rate in the face-off circle ... For the compete Team USA roster, click here ... The 25-man roster for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team was announced on NBC as part of its coverage of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... Dan Bylsma, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. Tony Granato, assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Todd Richards, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Peter Laviolette, serve as assistant coaches ... USA Hockey's International Council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. National Teams.
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