Six years ago to the day, TJ Oshie became a household name when he helped the United States beat Team Russia in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
After the two teams remained tied 2-2, the game went to a shootout. Oshie converted on four of his six opportunities on Sergei Bobrovsky to give the United States a 3-2 victory.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) February 15, 2020
Unlike in the NHL, international rules allow the same player to be used over and over again after three different shooters have gone.
“It was pretty crazy,” Oshie said to The Pioneer Press. “I imagined with how many good players we had on the team, especially in the shootout, that maybe they’d go away from me after I missed once or twice. Coach (Dan) Bylsma kept going with it. And I had a lot of help back there from (goaltender Jonathan Quick).”
After the game, Oshie received congratulations from President Barack Obama on Twitter.
“Congrats to T.J. Oshie and the U.S. men’s hockey team on a huge win!” he wrote. “Never stop believing in miracles.”
Congrats to T.J. Oshie and the U.S. men's hockey team on a huge win! Never stop believing in miracles. #GoTeamUSA -bo
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) February 15, 2014
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) February 28, 2014
Oshie called his performance in the shootout “highlight of my career” in February 2018. Four months later he won the first Stanley Cup of his career with the Washington Capitals.
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