Oshie's Shootout Goals Lead US Past Russia 3-2
T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of an Olympic hockey rivalry.
Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped five attempts in the shootout.
International rules allow the same player to take multiple shots after the first three rounds of a shootout, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma leaned on Oshie. The St. Louis forward went 4 for 6 against Sergei Bobrovsky.
Captain Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals in regulation and another in the shootout. The fast-paced game was played in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and an energized crowd.
Top US Women's Bobsled Damaged After Training Run
The top U.S. Olympic women's bobsled sustained damage to its front end at after a fast training run Saturday.
Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams completed their practice run down the Sanki Sliding Center course in 57.50 seconds - 0.34 seconds faster than any other sled - before banging a wall in the outrun. The pair did not take their second run so mechanics could fix the BMW-designed sled.
On Friday, Meyers crashed the sled at the bottom of the course on her first run. She and alternate brakeman Katie Eberling were uninjured and made a second run in USA-1 without incident, posting one of the session's fastest times.
USA-2 driver Jamie Greubel and alternate brakeman Kristi Koplin had the best time (58.13 seconds) in Saturday's second training run.
The women's competition begins Tuesday with two runs.
SOCHI SCENE: Check Yes Or No
Give Jason Brown credit - he knows how to get a girl's attention.
Brown, who is from Highland Park, Ill., posted a photo on NBC's Olympic Twitter account, which boasts more than 528,000 followers, of him holding a white board with a pink heart drawn in it and a message reading "Sarah Hendrickson, will you be my Olympic Valentine?" Here is a link to the tweet: https://twitter.com/NBCOlympics/status/434570414950346753 .
Hendrickson is the American ski jumper from Park City, Utah, who was considered a favorite for gold coming into the Sochi Games before a knee injury. She finished 21st of 30 competitors. But Brown's gesture appears to have boosted her spirits.
Hendrickson saw the message and replied on Twitter: "How am I so lucky to be the lucky girl?!?! I would be honored."