Updated: Saturday, 15 February 2014 23:31 | By Agence France-Presse

USA down Russia in hockey shootout triumph

T.J. Oshie scored the shootout winner as the United States defeated Russia 3-2 in a nail-biting Sochi Olympic hockey clash on Saturday in the latest chapter of the two giants' historic rivalry.

USA down Russia in hockey shootout triumph

Russia's Vyacheslav Voynov (left) vies with Zach Parise of the US during their teams' ice hockey match at the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 15, 2014 - by Bruce Bennett

Pavel Datsyuk had two goals in regulation for the Russians, who desperately want to win an Olympic gold medal on home soil at the 2014 Games.

Joe Pavelski and Cam Fowler scored powerplay goals for the Americans with both coming while Russian forward Alexander Radulov was sitting in the penalty box.

With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, the Russians appeared to score the winner with just under five minutes left, but referees Marcus Vinnerborg and Brad Meier disallowed the goal apparently because the net had been knocked out of place.

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