Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Sochi 2014, Day 8?

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olympics-hockey-usa-russiaIt wasn’t 1980. It wasn’t the Miracle on Ice. It wouldn’t even decide who stands on the podium to receive a medal.

But the preliminary-round men’s ice hockey game between Team USA and Team Russia, which ended in an eight (!)-round shootout, was nothing if not an edge-of-your-seat thriller.

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The long-standing rivalry between the U.S. and Russia was on full display on the ice, and neither team seemed to be taking any chances. At the end of regulation, the teams stood at two goals a piece, and a fruitless overtime period would take the game to a nail-biter shootout.

Still, in a game full of hockey’s best power players, it was American teammate T.J. Oshie who would earn the day’s MVP Award: He scored four times in the marathon shootout, including the game-winning goal that seemed to take Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky by surprise.

Both teams still have quite a journey to the podium, but the United States’ triumph on Saturday put the team one step closer to a medal. The U.S. takes on Slovenia on Sunday.

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What was your favorite moment from Saturday’s winter games? Did your heart ache for U.S. skeleton racer John Daly, whose chances at a medal slipped away (along with his sled)? Or was it Swedish skier Charlotte Kalla’s surprising gold-medal finish in the cross-country relay that had you jumping for joy? Sound off in the comments!

Comments (9)

  • I just watched Miracle. Good movie for it being Disney.

    Comment by V – February 15, 2014 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Canadian Women’s curling matches were great. The Japan-Canada game was super tense but I’m hoping they keep up the undefeated streak right up to the gold medal.

    Comment by sara – February 15, 2014 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kamil Stoch winning his second gold medal in the ski jump, sweeping both individual events and winnig Poland’s fourth gold medal. And Zbigniew Brodka winning Poland’s first gold medal ever in speedskating by 3/1000s of a second!

    Comment by andy j – February 15, 2014 10:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What a great day for Poland we got 2 gold medals in one day ,which is a historical moment cause we only had 2 gold medals for like 90 years of Winter Olympic Games .Go Poland !
      I also enjoyed the cross-country relay and USA vs Russia hockey game .

      Comment by Diana – February 16, 2014 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Women’s cross-country relay was super intense! Go Finland!!

    Comment by JJ – February 16, 2014 12:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I went to a bar at 7 am to watch the USA vs Russia hockey game. The place was absolutely packed. Wicked fun time.

    Comment by rebecca – February 16, 2014 04:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Favorite moment—the shoot out in the hockey game!

    Comment by ru – February 16, 2014 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • TJ Oshie is a member of our St. Louis Blues hockey team, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has taken to calling him “TJ Sochi” for the moment. It has a nice ring to it, and he certainly came up big in that USA/Russia game…

      Comment by AmbleAlong – February 18, 2014 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG, the USA/Russia hockey game shoot out was amazing! Worth getting up early to catch that game.

    Comment by Anna – February 16, 2014 09:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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