USA Tops Russia in Hockey; Austria, Sweden Get Gold

Russia forward Alexander Radulov and USA forward Joe Pavelski fight for the puck in the first period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Russia forward Alexander Radulov and USA forward Joe Pavelski fight for the puck in the first period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
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The United States men’s hockey team defeated Russia 3-2 in a nail-biting shootout at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday.

The Russians appeared to score the winning point with just under five minutes left in the third period of the preliminary round game, but referees disallowed the goal because the net was knocked out of place before the shot.

The regulation ended 2-2, going into overtime play and then a shootout. T.J. Oshie scored the shootout winner as Team USA fans went wild.

Earlier, Austrian skier Anna Fenninger won the first of seven gold medals to be awarded in Saturday's competition at the Winter Olympics.

Fenninger took top prize in the women's Alpine skiing super-G competition, with a fellow Austrian earning the bronze. A German skier took the second place silver medal.

The second gold of the day went to the women's cross country 4- by 5-kilometer relay team from Sweden, followed by Finland and Germany.

Russia has the most total medals with 15, followed by the United States and the Netherlands with 14 each. Germany leads the gold medal count with seven.

Medals were also being awarded Saturday in men's and women's short-track, along with speed skating, skeleton and ski jumping.

On Friday, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu became the first Asian to win the men's Olympic figure skating title.

The 19-year-old Hanyu topped three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada. The competition took place without Russian skating star Yevgeny Plushenko, who withdrew after injuring his back in warmups Thursday.

Meanwhile, Olympic officials said they have sold more than one million tickets for the Sochi games. The announcement came a day after the Russian men's hockey team debuted in Sochi, helping push the number over the top.

A record 106,000 fans packed into Olympic Park Thursday as Russia beat Slovenia 5-2 in hockey.
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