It wasn’t quite what Herb Brooks had drawn up 34 years ago, but strong penalty killing and the hands of TJ Oshie picked up the extra point to take control of the group as the United States defeated Russia 3-2 on Saturday morning.
Pavel Datsyuk scored the game’s first goal for Russia in the middle of the second period. Cam Fowler tied the game less than eight minutes later. In the middle of the third period, Patrick Kane put a filthy pass across the crease to Joe Pavelski that the Sharks’ forward finished to give the US a 2-1 lead. But Datsyuk scored again less than four minutes later to bring the score even, and regulation would end that way.
The Russians appeared to take a 3-2 lead, but the goal was disallowed because the US net had come off prior to the shot going in. Regulation would end with a tie score. And the overtime period wouldn’t change things, so the game went to a shootout.
The skills competition went eight innings, with Oshie scoring four times on six shots for the US. Ilya Kovalchuk shot four times and Datsyuk three for Russia. Jonathan Quick was able to make one save more than Sergei Bobrovski in the shootout to earn the victory.
Kane had two great scoring chances late in the game, but wasn’t able to beat Bobrovski. The Hawks forward was one of only three Americans to skate over 20 minutes in the game (20:09), with Ryan Suter (29:56) and Ryan McDonagh (23:39) leading the defensemen. Kane was credited with five shots on net with his assist on Pavelski’s goal, and started the third period in the penalty box.
The United States faces Slovenia on Sunday.
Earlier on Saturday, Slovenia defeated Slovakia 3-1. Marian Hossa skated 20:26 and was credited with four shots on goal, while Michal Handzus skated 20:54 with two shots on net in the loss.