SOCHI, RUSSIA (KTVI)-The entire country in now a huge fan of a fan favorite here in St. Louis. Blues forward T.J. Oshie led Team U.S.A. in a heart-pounding shootout victory against Russia Saturday.
The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time and neither team scored in overtime. That sent the game to a dramatic shootout, where Oshie scored four times on six tries leading the team team to a 3-2 win.
The finish was controversial. The Russians scored what appeared to be a game-winning goal in the third period, but it was disallowed because the net had been knocked loose.
USA goalie Jonathan Quick, who plays for the L.A. Kings, made 29 saves and stopped five attempts in the shootout.
In international rules, during a shootout, a team is allowed to use the same shooter after the first three rounds. Oshie shot and scored in the first round of the shootout, but the Americans would be stopped by the Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets, in the next two rounds. U.S. coach Dan Bylsma then stuck with Oshie through the rest of the shootout.
The U.S.-Russia match-up was one of the most anticipated matches at the Sochi winter Olympic Games. Russian President Vladimir Putin was in attendance.
Congrats to T.J. Oshie and the U.S. men's hockey team on a huge win! Never stop believing in miracles. #GoTeamUSA -bo
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