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2014 Winter Olympics: US hockey beats Russia 3-2 in thrilling shootout

A shootout in Sochi between Russia and the USA brings the tension.
A shootout in Sochi between Russia and the USA brings the tension.ESPN

The Russian hockey team is seriously favored at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and they were expected to handle the United States in a preliminary round game on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. No-one expected it to be so close, and no-one expected the thrilling shootout that took place, and no-one expected the Americans to prevail.

All of that is exactly what happened though as the United States won 3-2 over Russia after a thrilling shootout that went six rounds.

It was T.J. Oshie taking his sixth shot in the shootout that won it as he got another one past Sergei Bobrovsky and won it for the Americans.

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Oshie had made one shot in the first round of the shootout, but it was then matched by Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia. From there, the teams ended up tied 1-1 and it was onto a sudden death shootout that went round-after-round before Oshie's game-winner.

The United States takes on Slovenia on Sunday for their next game. If they win that one, they will have a bye directly to the quarterfinals.

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