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.

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp GOP Senate candidate slams McCaskill over Clinton ties Dems meddle against Illinois governor ahead of GOP primary 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 BlackburnPPP poll: Dem leads by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race Overnight Tech: Lawmakers zero in on Zuckerberg | AT&T, DOJ preview trial arguments | First lady vows to tackle cyberbullying Three states where Dems can pick up Senate seats 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.