Oshie the Hero for the States

Posted: 02/15/2014 by everythingishistory1066 in Hockey, Uncategorized

The United States and Russia match up exceeded everyone’s expectations. The game went into the eighth round of shootouts. Tj Oshie took 6 of the 8 shots for the Americans and scored four of them. An impressive performance such as this lives on in lore. As for the game itself, it took on a playoff type intensity. The United States was the more physical team out of the gates as Ryan Callahan lit up Alexander Ovechkin causing a scrum in front of the American goal. It would remain chippy for quite a bit as both squads battled. Towards the middle of the first, however the Russians had firmly taken over the game. Russia held the States to just 1 shot over an 8 minute stretch in the first period. They also effectively shut down Patrick Kane several times as Kane tried to break out. Despite being out shot the United States remained the more physical team. Jonathan Quick made his mark in net keeping the Americans afloat during their offensive dry spell. Towards the end of the first period the United States offense came alive and closed the gap in shots considerably finishing with 10 to the Russians 13 after one period of play.

The Americans started the second period on a carry over power play fromt the first. They started out the period the definite aggressors on offense and kept up their strong physical play, especially against the Ovechkin, Malkin and Semin line of Russia. However as happened in the first period the Russians came alive mid way through the second and began to get more shots and scoring chances. They definitely controlled the tempo througout this stretch. They capitilized on the momentum they generated by scoring the first goal of the game. A nice shot by Captain Pavol Datsyuk found its way to the back of the net. A scary moment happened in the second when Ryan Kesler took a blistering shot by Ilya Kovalchuk off his hand and left the game temporarily but returned with two of his fingers taped. The Americans were able to stop the Russian offense with solid defense and the willingness to block a ton of shots. Dustin Brown was able to draw a penalty against Russia when Aleaxander Rudulov hit Brown on the other side of the ice. Cam Fowler tied the game with a power play goal, the score would remain 1-1 going into the final period.

In the 3rd the United States took the lead. Another Rudulov penalty led to a sick goal by Joe Pavelski. A big faceoff win by Kesler got the puck to Kevin Shattenkirk who set up Patrick Kane who fed a one timer to wide open Pavelski for the goal. Another penalty on the United States, their fifth at this point, gave the Russians a power play and they would take advantage as Datsyuk scored his second goal of the game. Shortly after, some controversy occured. Fedor Tyutin fired a beautiful shot from the point and buried it in the back of the net. However the goal was disallowed. The replay showed a potential high stick which deflected the puck in but the video showed the stick never touched the puck. Then it was discovered the goal had been removed from its mooring. While this would have counted as a goal in the NHL, in international play the net must be secured at all times. At the end of three the score remained tied 2-2. Overtime was on the horizon.

The overtime started shorthanded for Russia as they had a penalty carry over from the end of the 3rd. A breakaway attempt by Patrick Kane could have sealed the game but a great save by Sergei Bobrovsky kept the game tied. After an eventful five minutes the shootout was in order. Jonathan Quick was superb for the Americans as he turned away shots by Datsyuk, Kovalchuk and Evegeni Malkin. Sergie Bobrovsky however could not solve TJ Oshie. On his 6 shot attempts he scored 4 goals including the game winner. The next test for the Americans comes against Olympic newcomers Slovania led by the dynamic Anze Kopitar. If the Americans win they move on to the elimintion round of the tournament in their quest for gold.

Three Stars:

#1 TJ Oshie United State: Was aggresive all game with his line that included Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty. Was the hero in the shootout notching goals in 6 shots.

#2 Pavol Datsyuk Russia: Scored the two goals for Russia and a shootout goal as well

#3 Ryan Kesler USA: Won a ton of faceoffs for the Americans. Helped generate a lot of the offensive chanes for the United States. Left in the second period with a hand injury and came back later to help te United States win.

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