TJ Oshie scored four times in an eight-round shootout on Saturday to give victory to the United States 3-2 against Russia in an exciting game in the preliminary round of the men’s hockey tournament at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
TJ Oshie had begun shooting in beating goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky, who then stopped James Van Riemsdyk and Joe Pavelski.
Evgeni Malkin had missed the target for Russia, and Jonathan Quick had the upper hand on Pavel Datsyuk before Ilya Kowalchuk not find the back of the net to keep his team alive.
It seemed that the powerplay goal of Pavelski in the middle of the third period would provide the victory in regulation time for the United States.
But later, with Dustin Brown in the penalty box, the Russian powerplay finally made a breakthrough, with a wrist shot from Datsyuk at 12:44 – his second goal of the game.
Cam Fowler also scored for the United States.
Earlier, Slovenia recorded a first win in their history in men’s hockey at the Olympics.
Anze Kopitar scored the third goal of his own in an interval of six minutes in the third period Saturday and Slovenia caused a surprise by taking the measure of Slovakia by 3-1.
After two shared, after which none of the two teams had not found the back of the net time, Slovenians seemed stronger and more inspired in the third period.
Rok Ticar broke the tie at 3:23 of the third period before Tomaz Razingar not dual advance Slovenes halfway period. Kopitar, the only player from Slovenia playing in the NHL, completed the explosion 23 seconds after the goal of Razingar.
The goalkeeper Robert Kristan pushed the first 27 shots of Slovakia before Tomas Jurco does thwarts its vigilance with 17.8 seconds to go in regulation time.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots in goal for Slovakia.
Jonas Hiller made 26 saves for his part for his second shutout in Sochi, Simon Bodenmann SEUT scored the goal in the first period, and Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 on Saturday night.
Hiller, a number of the Anaheim Ducks NHL goalie, has not allowed a goal, having stopped all 47 shots against him in two parts.
Its brilliant game in goal and strong defense of his teammates helped Switzerland to win two of its three parts while scoring only two goals during the entire preliminary round.
Switzerland has struggled to survive a third period inspired Czechs, who finish the preliminary round with a 1-2 record on the day of the 42nd anniversary of Jaromir Jagr. Jagr – who is in her fifth Olympics – could defeat Hiller after scored a goal in each of the previous two parts of the Czech Republic in Sochi.
Finally, Daniel Alfredsson gave his team the lead late in the second period, and Sweden beat Latvia 5-3, remaining undefeated and earning a bye to the quarterfinals.
Sweden (3-0) can regain strength until Wednesday, when the top eight teams will begin the single elimination portion of the tournament.
Latvia (0-3) must win on Tuesday for a place in the quarterfinals, while the team fought hard in its three losses.
Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves, while his rival Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 25 shots.