Miracle on Ice, Part Two? In an intense battle at the Winter Olympics, the United States upset the home team Russia on Feb. 15 — all because of a baby-faced star from Washington.
Three periods and an overtime wasn’t enough to determine a winner in the heated hockey matchup between Russia and the United States on Feb. 15. It came down to a shootout, and one American skater in particular, T.J. Oshie, made sure that the U.S. would not be denied.
T.J. Oshie Helps Team USA Shock Russia
U.S. coach Dan Bylsma put T.J., 27, onto the ice for six shootout attempts as the U.S. and Russia went back and forth in an eight-round shootout — he scored four times. Some of T.J.’s goals kept the U.S. in the game, but none of his scores were bigger than the last one that won the game for his team after a grueling battle that ended 3-2.
The Sochi crowd sat in silence as they watched T.J. celebrate with his U.S. teammates, having just defeated the home town Russians. Because of the home ice advantage and the fact that Russia was slightly favored heading into the game, the United States’ shootout win was a huge upset.
Olympic Hockey: USA Upsets Russia
But T.J. did not buckle under the immense pressure, as he scored time and time again on Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
“I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing,” T.J. told the Associated Press after the huge win. “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.”
Fortunately for the United States, T.J. had just enough tricks up his sleeve to win the game. They now have a fast-track into the Olympic quarterfinals, and from there they can set their sights on the gold medal.
What a huge win for the U.S., and what a clutch performance by TJ Oshie.
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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