Can the Americans defeat the Russians on the ice in Sochi? Either way, people seem to be getting drunk while they find out.
Recap: Did the Americans win the gold medal in Olympic hockey this morning? No.
And it’s not even an elimination game.— Dashiell Bennett (@dashbot) February 15, 2014
But they did beat the Russians in a tense, thrilling game that ended in a shootout. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the United States. Goalie Jonathan Quick had 29 saves and knocked away five Russian shots in the shootout. For the Russians, Pavel Datsyuk scored twice; his first goal broke a scoreless after nearly 30 minutes of play and his second one knotted the game at 2-2.
The Russians appeared to score the go-ahead goal late in the late period, but the score was called off after it was determined that the net had been unmoored.
Let the conspiracy theories begin.— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 15, 2014
Then came a fruitless overtime, which set the stage for the shootout. T.J. Oshie, the eighth Olympian from the tiny town of Warroad, Minne., took six of the eight American shots in the overtime, scoring on four of them to lift the U.S. team to victory.
I know the purists will hate the skills competition ending, but that was a great game.— Anthony Weiner (@anthonyweiner) February 15, 2014
Update, 10:18 a.m.: The U.S. squad wins in the shootout! T.J. Oshie is the hero.
Update, 10:07 a.m.: Russia's Alex Ovechkin and America's Patrick Kane both managed to get good looks at the net during the overtime period, but neither scored. We're heading for a shootout.
Update, 9:53 a.m.: We've got some free hockey. After a Russian goal is disallowed, the two teams are headed for overtime. It's not too late to tune in.
The hockey game that's being billed (again) as the Cold War is taking place in front of a very raucous crowd in Sochi right now. The game has already featured some scuffling, a few heroic stops, and some moments of high drama as the two teams jockey to make a game worthy of the metaphor. Across the world, fans are watching and, despite the early hour, drinking.
Here is the word from Russia:
It's on. Russia vs USA hockey starts furiously. Much drinking to be had here in Sochi as every bar full. Had to pay $200 just to sit!— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) February 15, 2014
Sports bar here in Boston was open really early to show the hockey game... Line was out the door & around the block trying to get in.— Pat Wrye (@jpwrye41) February 15, 2014
According to the internet, this is true:
I can confirm, all the white people in your timeline are watching hockey and drinking beer at 8 am this morning.— Joe Bisceglie (@joebisceglie) February 15, 2014
But why? Patriotism, for one:
USA vs Russia Olympic hockey. Lets go! It's 6 am & I'm drinking beer for America.— Andrew McCarty (@mccarty17) February 15, 2014
Sports and patriotism:
USA vs Russia hockey drinking game: shoot of Stolichnaya every time we score on the Russians.. two if they score on us. #USAvsRUS— James Korte (@jameskorte) February 15, 2014
And filial love:
So what if it's 7:00AM and I'm drinking already? I'm watching USA hockey with my Daddy. pic.twitter.com/OASUlA0wMK— Sam Pittman (@TheSamPittman) February 15, 2014
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