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Olympic Roundup: USA Shocks Russia in Shootout, Sweden Tops Latvia, Slovenia Stuns Slovakia

February 15th, 2014 at 6:19 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Call it the Miracle on Ice 2.0.

34 years after the United States knocked off the Soviet Union in the Medal Round of the 1980 Games, the Americans pulled a similar upset over Russia.

Team USA prevailed 3-2 in a shootout over the heavily favored Russians, as St. Louis Blues winger TJ Oshie beat Russia's Sergei Bobrovsky in the eighth round for the victory. Oshie also scored three shootout goals before scoring the winner.

"I aged a couple of years in that shootout," United States coach Dan Bylsma said.

"It was awesome," San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski said. "Whatever type of game you want to explain it as, it was that."

Pavelski and Cam Fowler scored in regulation for the Americans, while Jonathan Quick stopped 29 of 31 shots.

Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk scored both goals in regulation for Russia, as well as once in the shootout.

Despite losing team captain Henrik Zetterberg, Sweden handled Latvia 5-3 to win Group C. Red Wings winger Daniel Alfredsson recorded his second goal of the games, and picked up an assist. Jimmie Ericsson, brother of Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, scored the game-winning goal.

Slovenia pulled off another shocker as they knocked off Slovakia 3-1 for their first win in Olympic history. Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco scored the lone goal for the Slovakians, who have been outscored 10-2 in both of their games.

Former Red Wing Jan Mursak picked up an assist on a goal by Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar.

Switzerland blanked the Czech Republic 1-0 to take the runner up spot in Group C. The Swiss have only allowed one goal, and Anaheim Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller has recorded two shutouts in the Olympics.

Group play concludes on Sunday.

Tags: Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Jurco

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