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T.J. Oshie recreates Sochi Olympic shootout magic

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T.J. Oshie found himself in a familiar position Thursday night — beating Sergei Bobrovsky in a shootout, just like at the Sochi Olympics.

The Washington Capitals winger was first to go in a shootout with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I thought about it for five seconds, maybe,” Oshie said of his Olympic highlight, before taking his attempt on Bobrovsky.

Oshie remembered his four goals in six shootout tries on Bobrovsky in the memorable U.S. group-play win over Russia three years ago. He also remembered going five-hole on half of those attempts and scoring on all three.

Oshie went five-hole again Thursday after some internal debate.

“I wasn’t going to go five-hole because we faced each other in the Olympics, there, and I went there three times, but I thought I saw something, went for it,” Oshie said. “Luckily, it found the back of the net.”

It was the only goal of the shootout, handing the Capitals a 2-1 win.

Oshie, 30, said he has practiced shootouts since age 10.

“He’s a skilled guy on the shootouts,” Bobrovsky reportedly said. “He beat me again.”

Should the NHL participate in the PyeongChang Olympics, Oshie is a prime candidate for the U.S. roster.

He has scored a career-high 30 goals this season, ranking fourth among American players in the NHL, despite missing 13 of the team’s 73 games.

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Russia dumps U.S., gets Canada in World Hockey Championship final

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Russia scored four times in the third period to beat the U.S. 4-0 in the World Hockey Championship semifinals in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday.

Russia faces Canada in the gold-medal game Sunday, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 2:30 p.m. ET. The U.S. plays host Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game Sunday, on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

The defending champion Russians scored all of their goals in the final 13 minutes, from Sergei MozyakinAlex Ovechkin, Vadim Shipachyov and Evgeni Malkin (empty net). Ovechkin joined the Russian team after the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the NHL playoffs Wednesday.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 35 U.S. shots, one year after he lost the famous Sochi Olympic shootout game in duels with T.J. Oshie.

On Sunday, Russia will try to win its fifth World Championship in the last eight years, despite losing in the Olympic quarterfinals twice in that span.

Canada has dominated in the tournament, winning its nine games by a combined 46-goal margin with Sidney Crosby captaining. Canada hasn’t played Russia during this tournament yet.

The U.S., which beat Russia in group play May 4, has won three Worlds medals since 1962, all bronze. Its young roster in the Czech Republic includes one Olympian, defenseman Justin Faulk, and an average age of 24.3 years old.

The U.S. lost the bronze-medal game to Finland 5-0 at the Sochi Olympics.

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WATCH LIVE: U.S. men’s hockey team enters showdown against Russia

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The U.S. men’s hockey team is beyond the point of needing a “Miracle” to beat Russia, but that doesn’t mean that the host country doesn’t present a huge challenge on Saturday. The live stream of the big game kicks off at 7:30 a.m. ET.

United States vs. Russia: 7:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN) – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

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As the link above states, the two teams bring in interesting advantages and weaknesses; the U.S. is deeper in terms of NHL players while Russia boasts bigger stars in the high-end.

There shouldn’t be a lack of offensive talent on the ice for either side, though, really. Zach Parise, Phil Kessel and Patrick Kane power the U.S. attack while Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk should present daunting challenges.

U.S. defenseman Ryan Suter and goalie Jonathan Quick will face a serious challenge while Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod in Russia’s net.

This doesn’t rank as a must-win game, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks significance (or star power).

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