Olympic hockey: USA pulls out epic shootout win over Russia

Olympic hockey: USA pulls out epic shootout win over Russia
February 15, 2014, 7:15 am
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Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored in four of his six shootout attempts to give Team USA the win. (USATSI)

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Russia and the U.S. put on an Olympic game for the ages on Saturday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, engaging in a thrilling affair that ended with four — yes, four — T.J. Oshie shootout goals as the Americans beat the Russians 3-2.

With international hockey rules allowing teams to send out the same shooters multiple times, the U.S. chose Oshie to shoot six times in the eight-round affair (Joe Pavelski and James van Riemsdyk took the others) while the Russians sent out Ilya Kovalchuk four times (scored twice), Pavel Datsyuk three (scored twice) and Evgeni Malkin once.

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Pavelski, who has 54 points (29 goals, 25 assists) in 59 games for the San Jose Sharks this year, scored his first career Olympic goal to give Team USA a 2-1 lead.

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