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US Men's Hockey Defeats Russia in Dramatic Fashion

They needed eight rounds, but finally Team USA won behind T.J. Oshie's stellar performance in the shootout.
SOCHI (NBCOlympics.com) -- After seeing the U.S. send T.J. Oshie out for a dizzying six shootout attempts in a 3-2 win against Russia on Saturday, many people probably asked: “Why?”

The 27-year-old has never scored more than 19 goals in his young career and is far, far down the list of the team’s most recognizable players.

To some, it was flabbergasting that U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma kept sending Oshie out while high-scoring forwards Phil Kessel, Zach Parise and Patrick Kane watched from the bench. Especially since Russia rolled out stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk in the same situation.

But it worked, as Oshie nailed four of six, including the deciding tally.

To see game highlights, you can click here.  For a wrap up on the game, click on the video player above to view Sochi reporter Tim Kelchner's report.
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