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USA edge past rivals Russia

The USA claimed a 3-2 shootout victory to defeat home favourites and old rivals Russia in a preliminary men's ice hockey contest at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

TJ Oshie scored four of his six attempts in the nail-biting shootout to silence the home crowd at Shayba Arena.

The contest was a rematch of the famous 1980 'Miracle on Ice', when a team of US college players stunned the dominant Soviet team in Lake Placid.

And there was to be no revenge for Russia in this clash, which went into overtime after goals from American duo Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski were cancelled out by a double from Pavel Datsyuk.

With four minutes remaining in the third and final period a strike from Fedor Tyutin was controversially ruled out, apparently because the net was slightly off its moorings.

After a goalless extra period the match was decided in the shootout, with Oshie and the USA eventually coming out on top after sudden death was needed.

"I did (feel pressure) a little bit, but then the puck hits your stick and you start skating. It's just you and the goalie," Oshie said.

He added: "My hands are a little tingling, my feet are tingling. It was pretty nerve-racking out there. We knew it would take 65 minutes and then some."

Although the win puts the USA top of Group A, Russia are still big favourites to qualify for the latter stages of the competition.

"Everything is OK, nothing terrible has happened," Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk said.

"We played well and showed our character by equalising at the end and now we will be getting ready for the future. It's only a preliminary game, everything will be decided in the semi-final and the final."