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TJ Oshie gives the US a 3-2 shootout win over Team Russia

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For hockey fans in North America great Olympic hockey began early on Saturday morning. In a physical, fast paced, closely contested game the US edged Russia 3-2 in a shootout.

In comments made yesterday Patrick Kane made mention the US would have to weather the pressure from Team Russian to start the game. The US did just that.

Russia did gain momentum in the last half of the period after Blake Wheeler drew a tripping penalty at 10:28. The call seemed soft but the US was able to kill off the power play although Russia had two shots on goal.

Following the power play the Russians were on the attack for the most part until the closing minutes of the period. The US could only generate a few good scoring chance and the same could be said for the Russians.

The imbalance was Russia had the puck more often in the second half of the period. Inside their own zone the US did a good job but they needed to gain more offensive zone time.

Russia was called for a penalty late in the period and the US. led by Kane recorded three shots on goal. After the opening frame, shots were 13-10 Russia and the game was scoreless.

The Russians were able to kill off the rest of the power play and the US was coming on until Max Pacioretty took a bad penalty. Alexander Ovechkin hit iron two times on the subsequent power play but Russia did not score.

After the penalty the US was back on their heels. The Russians pushed the pace and the Americans could not generate any offense. It appeared to be only a matter of time until Russia would score and the great Pavel Datsyuk gave his team the lead at 9:15.

Datsyuk received a nice pass from Andrei Markov, split the US defense and placed a perfect shot past Jonathan Quick. It appeared defenseman John Carlson was caught wide on the play.

Things were going along well for Russia until Alexander Radulov took a selfish penalty by hitting Dustin Brown away from the play. The US took advantage as Cam Fowler tapped one in from the goalmouth past Sergei Bobrovsky.

The US was back on even footing and regained some control as the pressure was back on the Russians. The period ended on a Kane penalty and the shots were 22-21 Russia.

The US killed off the penalty and another on Brown at 3:14 of the third period. Both goaltenders were playing well, but Quick had the bigger saves, especially while Russia had a man advantage.

The game stayed tied until Radulov took his second penalty of the game. After a faceoff win by Ryan Kesler, Kane made a superb cross-ice pass and Joe Pavelski made no mistake. Pavelski blasted a one timer past Bobrovsky to give the Americans a 2-1 lead at 9:27 of the third frame.

Following the goal Russia responded and were given an opportunity to tie the score after a Brown interference penalty. Just before the US had a chance to take a two goal lead as Pavelski, after a great effort, missed an open net. The Russians were the ones to take advantage of a bad penalty as Datsyuk struck again on the power play.

The Russians were a confident bunch and seemed to take the lead on a Fyodor Tyutin shot from the point but the net was off the mooring. In international play a goal can not be scored if the net is dislodged, even if it is only slightly so as was the case this time. In any event Team US caught a huge break late in the third period.

The no goal call was with about 4:40 to go in the regulation and neither team could dent the twine afterward. Russia was called for a late interference penalty that spilled over into the five minute overtime. The US could not take advantage of the power play as the game went into the five minute overtime period.

Inside of three minutes to play Kane came in alone on a breakaway but was stopped by Bobrovsky. Both teams had some chances and Kane had another late but the game went to a shootout.

In international play the same shooter can go more than once and that was an advantage for the US. TJ Oshie is fantastic in shootouts and he was again today.

It became the Oshie and Ilya Kovalchuk show as both had success and at times each goaltenders came up big as well. It was finally Oshie, the best shootout man in the NHL that scored in the eighth shootout frame to give the US a 3-2 victory.

On Sunday the US will look to capture their bracket with a win over Slovenia.

No doubt the US was fortunate on the no goal call but it was the correct call in international play. The action was great and this game will be remembered for a long, long time.

I will be back on Sunday and you can follow me on Twitter@AlCimaglia.

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