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One of the biggest reasons St. Louis Blues winger T.J. Oshie was brought to Sochi by Team USA was his shootout prowess.
His inclusion proved to be a smart selection.
In what turned out to be one of the highlights of the Sochi Games, Oshie was the go-to guy for the U.S. in a 3-2 shootout win over the host Russians. In international rules, you can use any skater repeatedly after the original three shooters go—and the U.S. took advantage of that rule, sending Oshie out a total of six times.
He scored on four of them against Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, including the winning goal in the biggest game of the preliminary stage.
Oshie used five different moves: a wrist shot through the five-hole (twice); backhand fake and top-shelf shot; a fake snapshot deke; a fake deke and wrist shot; a deke to the right; and a deke to the left.
U.S. captain Zach Parise told the Associated Press (via ESPN.com) he started to wonder what was left in the arsenal:
At some point, you think, 'Does he have any more moves left? But he did a good job. ... That's hard to do, to get in a goalie's head and throw him off a little bit.
The 27-year-old leads American-born players with seven shootout goals this season in the NHL. For his part, he was happy the showdown that featured him against Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk finally ended
I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing. Had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there.
St. Louis Blues teammate and fellow Team USA forward David Backes told ESPN he envisions the Warroad, Minn., product becoming a bit of a living legend for that performance alone:
I think you're going to see T.J. Oshie become a household name after that display he put on. The kids will be out on the pond probably in Minnesota right now, throwing a 5-hole on the goalie three or four times in a row.
It's hard to disagree there.