T.J. Oshie’s shootout skills helped the U.S. men’s hockey team defeat Russia at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

T.J. Oshie Helps US Get Win Against Russia

Oshie, who plays professionally for the St. Louis Blues, scored on four of his six shootout attempts, leading the U.S. squad to a 3-2 win over Russia. Olympic rules allow for a player to take more than one shot after three other players participate. After U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick saved a shot from Ilya Kovalchuk in the eighth round of shots, Oshie had the chance to score for the twin.

"I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing," said Oshie, who’d already shot on Sergei Bobrosky a handful of times in the shootout. "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."

Oshie, 27, was one of the last players picked to join the U.S. Olympic team by manager David Poile. It was the right winger’s shootout skills that tipped the scales in his favor. “You know at some point we are going to end up in a shootout, and we are going to want T.J. Oshie," Poile was quoted as saying after picking the roster.

With their win over the Russians the U.S. men’s hockey team improved to 2-0 in the qualifying round and look like a shoe in to the medal round of Sochi 2014.

– Chelsea Regan

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