SOCHI, Russia — In a rare instance of a game exceeding its advance billing, Team USA and Team Russia battled hard and evenly through 65 deliciously tense minutes before
The U.S. had taken a 2-1 lead at 9:27 of the third period on a power-play goal by
An apparent goal by Russia defenseman Fyodor Tyutin at 15:20 of the third period was waved off because the net had come off its moorings well before the puck went into it.
U.S. winger Patrick Kane was stopped on a breakaway in overtime by Bobrovsky.
The U.S. will complete preliminary-round play on Sunday against Slovenia, which on Saturday recorded its first-ever Olympic triumph with a 3-1 victory over Slovakia.
The pace and passion of the game were everything a hockey fan could hope for. Russia's transition game was dazzlingly fast; the Americans' capacity for absorbing pain was demonstrated again and again as they blocked hard shots to blunt Russian scoring chances.
Russia scored first, at 9:15 of the second period. Datsyuk, who has been working his magic for the
The U.S. pulled even during a power play it had gained when Radulov was sent off for crosschecking. Fowler, playing the point across from
Assists went to