New England Sports React

Oshie the Hero as USA Tops Russia

T.J. Oshie celebrates his game-winner in the shootout against Russia. Oshie was the definition of clutch in the one-on-one battle, scoring four times on six attempts overall.

After three periods, a five-minute overtime, and seven rounds of a shootout, the entire game rested on the stick of 27-year-old T.J. Oshie. Oshie, who had already scored three times on five attempts, proceeded to rip a shot five-hole past Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, giving the USA a 3-2 victory. It was a thrilling end to one of the most exciting preliminary round games I have ever seen.

​Overall, I’m not a fan of shootouts deciding games because it is not a fair representation of hockey. Giving the most talented players on the ice a free breakaway is in no way a true hockey play and does not represent the game correctly, but one thing I will give the shootout credit for is making it exciting. Shootouts, especially ones in games as important as this one, always keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

​This game was electrifying from start to finish. After a physical but scoreless opening twenty minutes, the teams traded goals in the second. First Pavel Datsyuk for Russia, then Cam Fowler for the United States. Datsyuk scored again in the third and was matched by Joe Pavelski’s powerplay goal, tying the game at two. It looked like Russia was going to take a 3-2 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the third when Russia defenseman Fedor Tyutin scorched a slap shot top corner past Jonathan Quick. The goal was disallowed, however, apprently because the net had become displaced. This was a huge break for the Americans. There was no more scoring until the shootout and the rest is history.

​This was a huge win for a USA team who now heads into their game against Slovenia with a 2-0 record. They should handle the Slovenian team, but it will not be easy. Led by superstar forward Anze Kopitar, the Slovenians are a tough team to beat and even picked up their first Olympic win in the country’s history today, beating Slovakia 3-1. The United States needs to build off this win today, play a great game tomorrow, and make it out of the preliminary round with a perfect record. Good luck, boys!

-Jonathan Duncan

Editor’s Note: The boys in red, white, and blue upended Slovenia this morning, 5-1, with Phil Kessel notching a hat trick in the victory.

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