The spotlight fell on Oshie after regulation and overtime ended with the United States and Russia tied at 2. Six times Coach Dan Bylsma sent Oshie out against Russia’s Sergei Bobrovski, a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets who last season was named the best goaltender in the N.H.L.
Four times Oshie beat Bobrovski with moves that, toward the end, he was making up on the fly. He opened the shootout by putting the puck between Bobrovski’s pads. After the first three shooters for both teams took their turns, it was all Oshie, the rest of the shootout.
Olympic hockey seems more like some sort of NHL all-star fest these days. Back in the day, the NFL all-star game pitted the league champion against an all-star team from the rest of the league.
The champs beat the all-stars in four of those five games.