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U.S. Men Beat Russia, 3-2, in Preliminary-Round Thriller

By USAHockey.com, 02/15/14, 8:15AM MST

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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.

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 faceoff 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.

Team USA (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. 


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