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U.S. beats Russia in amazing hockey shootout, Minnesotan scores winning goal

Team USA's T.J. Oshie (R) reacts after scoring on Russia's goalie Sergei Bobrovski on the sixth shootout in their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 15, 2014. Oshie scored again on the eighth shot to win the game. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

By Steve Keating


SOCHI, Russia - There was no Russian revenge in the "Miracle on ice" rematch on Saturday as the United States triumphed 3-2 in a remarkable sudden-death shootout after the teams finished level at 2-2 after overtime in a thrilling preliminary round game.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin among the noisy, capacity crowd at the gleamingBolshoy Ice Dome, T.J. Oshie of Warroad scored in the eighth round of the shootout to end an electric heavyweight clash that evoked memories of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics 'Miracle on Ice' when a group of American college players upset the former-Soviet Union's 'Big Red Machine'.

Pavel Datsyuk, one of just two players on the Russian roster alive when the Soviets lost 34 years ago, scored twice in regulation for Russia.

The United States got powerplay goals from Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski.

(Editing by Mitch Phillips)

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