"He's just a common man, working hard with his hand. He's just a common man, working hard for the man. He's American Dream."
T.J. Oshie, product of Mount Vernon, Wa., was sensational in the game-deciding shootout scoring on 4-of-6 attempts to earn the win and the extra point for the Americans. His shootout performance is definitely something to behold -- you can watch it here.
In other news, Slovenia upset Slovakia behind a strong third period, Group C's winner takes a victory lap and the women's semifinals are now set. Let's get into all of the day's action.
United States vs. Russia
USA: C. Fowler (1), J. Pavelski (1), T. Oshie (SO)
RUS: P. Datsyuk (1, 2)
Pavel Datsyuk broke a scoreless tie half way through regulation before a pair of power play goals by the Americans gave USA the lead with 7:16 to play. Datsyuk tied the game with a power play goal of his own sending the game into overtime. Overtimes turned into a shootout and even that needed an extra frame. Tied at one after the first three rounds (America's only goal coming from who else, Oshie), it would take five more rounds to determine a winner. Oshie scored in three of those five rounds to win the shootout 4-3 and the game 3-2. Oshie shot first, fourth, fifth, six, seventh and eighth. Aren't international shootout rules fun?
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
SUI: S. Bodenmann (1)
Switzerland played a very Switzerland-like game. Their defense and goaltending have been sensational, allowing only one goal total in three games. Jonas Hiller is yet to allow a goal in the tournament after stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the tournament.
Slovakia vs. Slovenia
SVK: T. Jurco (1)
SLO: A. Kopitar (1), T. Razingar (1), R. Ticar (1)
Three third period goals by Slovenia sunk Slovakia for the first win of the tournament for Slovenia. A Tomas Jurco goal with 18 seconds remaining ended the shutout, but was far too little, far too late. Robert Kristan stopped 27-of-28 shots for his first Olympic victory.
Sweden vs. Latvia
SWE: D. Alfredsson (2), P. Berglund (2), A. Edler (1), J. Ericsson (1), E. Karlsson (3)
LAT: Z. Girgensos (1), L. Darzins (1), J. Sprukts (2)
In what was essentially a Group C victory lap, Sweden had all that they could handle from winless Latvia. This game was tied 2-2 more than half way through the game, but the upset never materialized as Sweden outscored Latvia 3-1 the rest of the way. Erik Karlsson scored his tournament-leading third goal, tied with Canada's Jeff Carter.
Finland vs. Sweden
FIN: V. Hovi (1), E. Nuutinen (1)
SWE: L. Wester (1), A. Borgqvist (1), E. Eliasson (1), E. Nordin (2)
A stellar third period by the Swedish women was enough to advance them to the semifinals and a date with the United States on Monday. Finland had a 1-0 lead heading into the third period but gave up two goals in the first 5:09 of the third to fall behind. They trailed for only 12 seconds, however, as Emma Nuutinen tied the score at two. Emma Eliasson's power play goal with under five minutes proved to be the game-winner. Sweden tacked on an empty net goal for good measure.
Switzerland vs. Russia
SUI: L. Stalder (1), S. Marty (1)
Florence Schelling was the story of the game with a 41-save shutout to will her team into the semifinals. Switzerland will play Canada on Monday for a shot at the gold medal game. A 1-0 game throughout, Switzerland scored an empty net goal with 21 seconds remaining to breathe a sigh of relief.
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