Ice hockey: No Russian revenge as U.S. take amazing shootout

Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:58pm EST
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By Steve Keating

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - There was no Russian revenge in the "Miracle on ice" rematch on Saturday as the United States triumphed 3-2 following a remarkable sudden-death shootout after the teams finished level at 2-2 after overtime in a thrilling Winter Olympics preliminary game.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin among the noisy, capacity crowd at the gleaming Bolshoy Ice Dome, T.J. Oshie scored in the eighth round of an incredible shootout to end an electric heavyweight clash.

The atmosphere was fantastic and though the game was never going to be able to stand comparison with 1980 Lake Placid Olympics when a group of American college players upset the former-Soviet Union's 'Big Red Machine' it will remain long in the memory, not least for the nerve-shredding shoot-out.

"I did (feel pressure) a little bit, but then the puck hits your stick and you start skating," said Oshie, who took six of the eight shootout chances for the Americans. "It's just you and the goalie.

"I was fortunate enough to keep Sergei (Bobrovski) guessing and Quickie(American netminder Jonathan Quick)did his great job."

"My hands are a little tingling, my feet are tingling. It was pretty nerve-racking out there.

"We knew it would take 65 minutes and then some."

The marquee match of the preliminary delivered in full on everything it had promised; breathtaking pace, skill, intensity, great goaltending, some controversy and plenty of edge-of-your seat drama.   Continued...

Team USA's T.J. Oshie (R) reacts after scoring the game-winning shootout goal against Russia's goalie Sergei Bobrovski during their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor