A Star Is Born: TJ Oshie Wows as US Beats Russia

Scores 4 times in shootout
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2014 11:44 AM CST
A Star Is Born: USA's TJ Oshie Wows in Shootout
USA forward T.J. Oshie shoots against Russia goaltender Sergei Bobrovski in the shootout.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, Pool)

They're still in the prelim rounds in hockey, but that didn't detract from the drama as USA beat Russia 3-2 today in an eight-round shootout. All the talk afterward was about TJ Oshie, who scored four times in said shootout to secure the win, reports CBS Sports (which has a GIF of the winning goal). Under Olympic rules, once the first three shooters go, the coach can keep sending the same player back out, and that's precisely Dan Bylsma did with Oshie. He scored on four of his six attempts.

"I've never seen anything quite like that," US defenseman Ryan McDonagh tells USA Today. "I never knew he had that in his repertoire, all of those moves." But a more fitting quote came well in advance of the game from, GM David Poile: "You know at some point we are going to end up in a shootout, and we are going to want TJ Oshie." Adds Deadspin blogger Timothy Burke: "It's a match that will be remembered for a long time, even if it didn't have the must-win qualities of a knockout round game." (In other Olympic news, a Russian skier is recuperating from a broken spine.)

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