Shootouts have been used to determine a winner in Olympic hockey since 1992. Including today’s 3-2 victory by Team USA, only 5-games have been decided by the skills competition and while many hockey fans, myself included, dislike the format as a means to decide games, you can’t say it’s not exciting to see the best goal-scorers in the world going one-on-one with the best goalies.
Prior to T.J. Oshie’s incredible 4 shootout goals on 6 chances today, only one other Olympic player had even scored more than one shootout goal total, forget about doing it in one game. Peter Forsberg scored two for Sweden in 1994 including the game and gold medal winner:
While today’s USA-Russia match-up was merely a preliminary round game, Oshie’s accomplishment is unparalleled in international competition. I’m proud to be a St. Louis Blues fan, and proud of T.J.’s heroics today, even more so because of how humble he is. After the game winner today he pointed down the ice to acknowledge Team USA goaltender Jonathan Quick and his top-notch performance. Later, in an interview with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic, Oshie had this response to being called an American hero:
“The American heroes are wearing camo. That’s not me.”