Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/15/14 at 02:33 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
"That may live in infamy, what happened there," Oshie's St. Louis Blues teammate David Backes said. "That was quite a display on both ends. Even a couple of the ones that Osh doesn't score on, [Sergei] Bobrovsky made some amazing saves on. It was great hockey on display, and we'll take the result."
One of the factors that led to Oshie's inclusion on this U.S. team was the fact he is one of the NHL's top shootout specialists. That selection paid huge dividends Saturday.
"It felt like he was going to score every time he went over the boards," Bylsma said.
But this game was so much more than its ending, as dramatic as it was, with almost every person in the Bolshoy Ice Dome -- from fans to President Vladimir Putin to the players on their respective benches -- on his or her feet anticipating the final result.
Someone likened this electric late-afternoon tilt between two historic rivals to a chess match.
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