YouTube Tuesday is a weekly feature where we feature a video that has to do with the Lightning or a Lightning player when they were with another team. We may occasionally feature important moments in the world of hockey.
With the World Cup of Hockey ready to start, this week, we’re going back to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Tied at 2-2, Team Russia and Team USA goes to the shootout. This ended up being perhaps one of the most epic moments of the men’s ice hockey tournament. According to IIHF rules, each team selects 3 players to send out for the shootout. If it’s tied after the 3 shootouts, it then continues a round at a time until one team scores and the other doesn’t. Unlike the NHL though, after the initial 3 players, a player could be used any number of times.
With T.J. Oshie being one of the absolute best shootout artists in the NHL, Team USA sent him out time and time again. He put move after move on Sergei Bobrovsky. On the other end of the rink, Jonathan Quick matched the Russians all the way. After the first three American shooters, Team USA was up 1-0. The 3rd Russian shooter, Ilya Kovalchuk, tied it up sending it into extra rounds. The shootout then changed order with the Russians going first and Americans going second. The Russians didn’t make it easy getting a couple scores during the extra rounds. In the end, T.J. Oshie would go 6 times and score 4 times winning the game in a shootout.
Check out the video below. The video is the full replay of the game, but we’ve set it to start at the beginning of the shootout.