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T.J. Oshie scores 4 times in shootout to lift USA past Russia

02.15.14 at 10:23 am ET
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World, say hello to T.J. Oshie. The Blues forward scored four times in the shootout to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over Russia in the second game of Olympic group play. Oshie and Ilya Kovalchuk were the only two to score in the three rounds of the regulation shootout.

After that, teams are allowed to repeat shooters. The U.S. went with Oshie each round from there on, and he scored in three of the next five rounds as the Americans picked up their second straight win. They can clinch their group with a win over Slovenia on Sunday morning.

After successfully killing two Russia power plays early in the third, the U.S. took a 2-1 lead on a power play of its own with 10:33 to go. Patrick Kane held the puck along the right halfwall before threading a beautiful cross-ice pass to Joe Pavelski for the one-time finish.

The U.S. gave Russia another power play with 7:34 to go, though, and this time Russia made the Americans pay. Pavel Datsyuk held the puck at the top of the right circle before firing through an Alexander Radulov screen to tie the game at 2-2.

With less than five minutes to go, Russia came close to taking the lead twice in a 15-second span. Kovalchuk hit the post, then Fedor Tyutin appeared to score on a shot from the point. The play was reviewed and ruled no-goal, though, because the left post was off its mooring.

Kane had a golden chance to end it in overtime when Pavelski sprung him on a breakaway, but Sergei Bobrovsky (32 saves) denied his five-hole bid.

After a scoreless, mostly even first period, Russia opened the scoring 9:15 into the second. Andrei Markov made a nice pass through the neutral zone to Datsyuk, who blew by Brooks Orpik and beat Jonathan Quick (29 saves) glove-side.

The U.S. answered seven minutes later with a power-play goal following a selfish penalty by Radulov 100 feet away from the puck. James van Riemsdyk finished off a dominant shift by collecting a rebound off a Phil Kessel shot and sliding it over to Cam Fowler for the goal.

A U.S. penalty kill early in the second served as the perfect example of just how much this tournament means to the players. Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Kesler blocked a pair of slap shots from Alex Ovechkin and Kovalchuk, respectively, and both were slow to get up. Kesler went down the tunnel for a couple minutes, but returned to the game.

Because the game went to overtime, the U.S. gets two points for the win rather than the three you get for a regulation win in the Olympics. That could be important when it comes to seeding.