T.J. Oshie, Ojibwe, a standout right winger for the NHL's St. Louis Blues, scored on four of six shootout attempts to lead the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team past Russia, 3-2, in a thrilling preliminary round match. U.S. coach Dan Bylsma, who coaches the NHL Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins, took advantage of that international shootout rules that allows the same player to make multiple shootout attempts after the first three rounds.
(In the NHL, teams
Oshie, left, with backup goaltender Ryan Miller
must continue to use different shooters, even after the first three rounds.)
One of the main reasons Oshie was chosen to play for Team USA was because of his one-on-one prowess: He leads all American-born NHLers this season with seven shootout goals, according to the Associated Press story on ESPN.com.
"I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing," Oshie told the AP. "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."
Did you miss this epic battle this morning? NBCOlympics.com has all the highlights from Oshie's heroics.