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Faniside Reported: The United States men’s hockey team and Russia met for the first time in the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday morning, and the game was everything that the fans could have hoped for. The game was decided in a penalty shootout, where Team USA relied heavily on St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie to become the hero and deliver the win.

You could tell from the opening puck drop that this game was personal, as the physicality and energy from the athletes was at the highest level we have seen throughout the Sochi Games.

Pavel Datsyuk kicked off the scoring for Russia midway through the second period after a scoreless first, but the United States answered with a huge power play goal by Cam Fowler. We had a tie game throughout the first half of the final period, until Joe Pavelski took advantage of another power play for the Americans to give Team USA a 2-1 lead.

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