Saturday, February 15, 2014
Oshie shoots Team USA past Russia
By Joe McDonald
T.J. Oshie became a household name Saturday.
The St. Louis Blues forward went 4-for-6 in the shootout to help Team USA to a 3-2 win over Russia in the preliminary round of the men's ice hockey competition. Oshie is considered a shootout specialist and that's one of the reasons he earned a spot on the American roster for the Winter Olympics.
It wasn't the first time his shootout prowess proved crucial for Team USA.
During the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany, Team USA coach Scott Gordon kept using Oshie in a shootout, and he went 4-for-6 en route to a 3-2 win over Italy.
"I knew he was our best going into the tourney and I would go back to him if the opportunity presented itself," Gordon told ESPNBoston.com via text. "After the second or third shot I told him to go again and he looked at me like, 'Really?' At one point I told him to go back with his best move, little did I know he had six or seven of them."
Gordon, currently an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs, served as an assistant coach for Team USA during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Massachusetts native and product of Boston College spent nearly a decade in the Boston Bruins' organization as both an assistant and head coach for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. He served as head coach of the New York Islanders for parts of three seasons.