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Joe Pavelski’s first career Olympic goal helped Team USA to a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Russia on Saturday in Sochi.
Pavelski, who had three assists in six games in Vancouver in 2010, scored a third period power play goal on a beautiful setup by Patrick Kane. The Sharks forward skated for 19 minutes and 12 seconds, second among forwards, and finished with one shot on goal.
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The Americans went on to win thanks to T.J. Oshie’s heroics in the shootout, and have gained five of a possible six points to lead their bracket. Jonathan Quick made 31 saves for the win, outdueling Sergei Bobrovsky.
Cam Fowler also scored for Team USA, while Russia got two goals from Pavel Datsyuk -- one to open the scoring in the second period, and another with about seven minutes to go in the third to force overtime.
USA closes out the preliminary round on Sunday against Slovenia (4:30 a.m. PST).