By Jerry Sullivan
SOCHI, Russia -- Buffalo's Patrick Kane spoke at length after the U.S. men's hockey team's dramatic, 3-2 shootout win over the Russians. Kane had a busy day, albeit with mixed results. He played 20:09 and had five shots on goal, including a failed breakaway midway through the five-minute overtime.
Kane had a gorgeous cross-ice feed to set up a goal by Joe Pavelski, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead midway through the third. He also struggled at times trying to make plays in the offensive end, especially early. He had a hooking penalty with one second left in the second period.
Here are some of Kane's comments from the mixed zone after the win:
On his play:
"I thought I could have played a little bit better. Hopefully, I'll get better as the tournament goes on. It was nice to have some chances and set up that goal, for sure. But you always want to get better as the tournament goes on."
On the atmosphere in the Bolshoy Ice Dome:
"It was amazing. I don't think anyone could ask for a better game. It was tight at the start, but it opened up as game went on, especially in the third period, and you saw some more chances. It was just a fun game to be a part of, fun to play in, great atmosphere and a great finish, too."
On his missed breakaway:
"I thought I had enough speed to try to beat him five-hole between the legs. Looking back, I thought I could have made a different move on it. It would have been nice to finish it."
Elaborating on his statement Friday that people would be crazy not to want the NHL in the Games.
"Yeah, it's great for hockey. People are waking up to watch these games, especially back in the States and Canada. It's great for hockey and we're glad to be part of it."
On trouble getting more open looks on offense:
"We're trying to work on chemistry a little bit. As you come from one team to another, you're used to playing with different guys, different systems. So hopefully, those will open up as the tournament goes on. But as the game went on, I found myself having more chances."
On T.J. Oshie in shootouts:
"He's got a repertoire of moves. I don't think the goalie knows what he's going to do. He's coming in slow and it looks like he has the same setup every time, but he makes a different move and I don't think
goalies really know what to expect."