T.J. Oshie has the entire country buzzing after burying Russia single-handedly by scoring four shootout goals on six attempts for the United States. He opened the scoring the scoring for the Americans, and became the only participant for head coach Dan Bylsma after the US had cycled through its first three shooter.
No one else took a shot for the Americans once coaches were allowed to use anyone they wanted. No one else scored for America either.
After finding the back of the net on three out of five tries and Jonathan Quick came up with a massive save on Ilya Kovalchuk, Oshie was given the chance to finish what he started. Bylsma called his name again, and a goal would end a lengthy and intense shootout.
The St. Louis Blues forward didn’t disappoint.
After making pretty moves on his previous five tries, Oshie stormed right in on Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who just couldn’t come up with an answer for the sudden sniper. Here’s another look at the shot.
Talk about making no mistake with it. Oshie is the new Captain America, at least for today. While this contest was just a preliminary round game, it felt like anything but. Taking down the Russians on home ice is a massive feather in the cap for America, who will need to find a way to level off in time to take on Slovenia tomorrow.
(h/t to Tristan Thornburgh of Bleacher Report for the GIFs)