SOCHI, Russia -- It started as a celebration for this entire country, with 12,000 fans filling the Bolshoy Ice Dome with Russian flags, jerseys and a familiar chant.
RUS-SIL-YA! RUS-SIL-YA! RUS-SIL-YA!
But it ended with mostly silence, but for the cheers of a few hundred Americans who were brave and proud enough to wave the stars and stripes in enemy territory. Because the game the Russia had anticipated for months ended in a way they probably couldn't have imagined:
A shootout loss with controversy.
T.J. Oshie converted in the eighth round of a shootout, ...