More later on the wild happenings of the Russia-U.S. hockey game, seen on
The first U.S.-Russia Olympic game on Russian soil since the iconic Miracle on Ice 34 years before not only went to overtime but to a shootout, that modern, winner-take-all invention that's practically custom-built for the NBC highlight reel.
In case you were still turning over when it happened a little past 7 a.m. Saturday morning, what went down is this.
After a thrilling three periods in which the score was tied 2-2, with
Enter the shootout, in which, unlike the
There are, as several Russian players reminded, still some medal round games likely to come for both teams. So the prime-time moment may be short-lived. Still, the TV excitement was abundant. Commentators didn't scream, "Do you believe in Oshie? Yes!" when it was all over. But viewers were likely screaming it for them.