Skaters, snowboarders, scary bears and pink eye at Sochi 2014
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Best: T.J. Oshie single-handedly wins the shootout for the USA over Russia
Okay, maybe not "single-handedly." American goalie Jonathan Quick played a pretty big role as well. But after a thrilling three periods of regulation, followed by a nail-biting overtime, USA-Russa went to the shootout, and it was here that viewers learned of a quirk in international hockey rules: after the first three shooters on each team go, if the game is still tied, either team can repeat previous shooters as many times as they'd like until there's a winner. And so the USA kept on going to Oshie, the largely unheralded St. Louis Blues forward who was the only one on the team to score in the first three shootout rounds, and whose slow, looping skating style utterly baffled the Russian goalie. The moment it was possible for Oshie to repeat, he did so, again and again, leaving his teammates on the bench as he kept Team USA in the game, then won it on another deceptively lazy approach. This was as tense and dramatic as a non-medal round hockey game can get, and even though both teams would eventually fail to medal (both being eliminated by Finland), Oshie gave every American hockey fan watching the best Olympic memory since the Miracle on Ice.
- Alan Sepinwall