If you happened the watch Team USA’s game against Russia this morning and you didn’t get swept up in the excitement of what Olympic hockey is all about…you have no pulse. Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored four times in the overtime shootout and scored the winner between Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s legs in the eighth round, giving the United States a 3-2 win.
International rules are different from the NHL’s shootout rules in that the same player can take multiple shots after the first three rounds of a shootout, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma leaned on Oshie, who is known for his strong shootout skills.
“I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing,” said Oshie. “Had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there.”
Oshie had success going five-hole and using his forehead. Oshie put a move to his forehand and had Bobrovsky beat, but the goalie got the blade on the puck and redirected the shot above the net at the last moment. After going through the legs and glove side, Oshie was stopped one other time when he tried to go backhand.
Oshie scored on the Americans’ first shot before taking the last five in a row, going 4 for 6 against Bobrovsky and sending home a disappointed pro Russian crowd that included President Vladimir Putin.
Thanks to Hamad Nation on YouTube, we have the game winner!