A highly-touted matchup of hockey powers, the U.S.–Russia showdown did not disappoint. In a contest to determine the top spot in the group, it was a back-and-forth battle which saw the lethally talented offense of Russia countered stride for stride by the Americans. The momentum changed hands many times during the contest, seeing both teams take it to the other.
Though T.J. Oshie eventually emerged as the hero for the Americans with a spectacular performance in the shootout, the real story of the game was the stellar penalty killing for the Americans, as well as some spectacular work between the pipes by goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Becoming the star among stars for the Americans, Quick kept them in the game for most of the day, turning away 29 shots and yielding just two goals to the offensively star-studded Russian roster. After facing little pressure in the first game for the Americans, he took matters into his own hands in a pivotal game for the U.S., especially in the shootout, solidifying the much-needed victory by stopping five of the eight attempts.
With the win over their most notable opponent in the rear view mirror, the Americans will now look to prepare for a quick turnaround and try to recover from the high-intensity win. They won’t have much time to rest, as they will be playing their final preliminary contest on Sunday against Slovenia.