Members of Congress and Russia's president are cheering on their men’s national hockey teams as the U.S. and Russia face off in the Olympics.

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Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillKoch-backed group targets red-state Dems on tax reform Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America's greatest domestic threat MORE (D-Mo.), who routinely takes to the Internet to cheer on sports teams, said on Twitter that she was “up early” to cheer on the U.S. national team. 

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnEquifax breach is the wake-up call we expected Tennessee governor considering Senate run Five major potential Senate candidates MORE (R-Tenn.) and the House Foreign Affairs Committee also took to the web to cheer on the Americans competing in Sochi, Russia.

Russian President Vladamir Putin watched the game from the sidelines and could be seen cheering when his country’s team took the lead 1-0 with a goal early in the second period.

American Cam Fowler scored on a power play to tie up the game shortly afterwards. NBC didn't cut to Putin.

The tough matchup pitted the U.S. team’s grit against a Russian squad that's recongized as more skillful.

Both teams easily cruised through their earlier matches in the series. The U.S. beat Slovakia 7-1. Russia, meanwhile, triumphed over Slovenia 5-2.

Hockey games between the U.S. and Russia tend to call to mind the classic "Miracle on Ice" game during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. The U.S. team at the time was made up of amateur and college players, and bested the Soviet athletes 4-3.