Pavelski scores as USA beats Russia in shootout at Olympics


Feb. 15, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie scored four times on six shootout attempts, including the clinching tally in the eighth round, to deliver a 3-2 shootout victory for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team over Russia today at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Cam Fowler and Wisconsin alum Joe Pavelski (Plover, Wis./San Jose Sharks) each tallied power-play goals in regulation, and goaltender Jonathan Quick made 29 saves during regulation and overtime, plus another five stops in the shootout.

"It was a great game all around in an unbelievable setting and atmosphere," said Dan Bylsma, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. "This is our second game, and while it's a big win for our team, we have to keep going forward."

Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk opened the scoring midway through the second period by splitting the U.S. defense and beating Quick with a glove-side wrist shot.

Team USA tied the game with a Fowler power-play goal at 16:34. Phil Kessel’s shot from the left circle rebounded to James van Riemsdyk, who slid the puck across the crease and off of Fowler’s left skate into the net.

Quick and Team USA denied a pair of Russian power plays in the opening five minutes of the third period. At 5:07, Quick made a sprawling glove save on Evgeni Malkin’s one-time blast.

Pavelski converted on a man-advantage at 9:27, one-timing a perfect pass from Patrick Kane to put the U.S. ahead, 2-1. Following a face-off win, Kane setup outside the right circle before firing a pass through multiple Russians that found Pavelski in the left circle.

Russia capitalized on the power play at 12:44, tying the game, 2-2. From the right circle, Datsyuk utilized a screen in front and slid the puck between the legs of Quick.

Kane had the best chance for either team in overtime, a breakaway set up by a pass from Pavelski with 2:43 to go that was stopped by Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovski, who finished with 31 saves.

Pavelski also took part in the shootout, but failed on his attempt.

Former Badgers Ryan Suter (29:56) and Ryan McDonagh (23:39) were the top two players in the game with regards to ice time. UW’s fourth men’s hockey Olympian, Derek Stepan, did not play.

The U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team (1-1-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L) can secure first place in Group A with a victory tomorrow (Feb. 16) over Slovenia at Shayba Arena. The U.S. preliminary round finale will start at 6:30 a.m. CT and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.

Thanks to USA Hockey

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