Team USA Starts Olympic Men's Hockey Tournament With Overtime Loss To Slovenia

Team USA Starts Olympic Men's Hockey Tournament With Overtime Loss To Slovenia

Twenty-three others have represented the U.S.in global competitions and captured 14 medals.

Team USA has won the last four World titles, seven of the last eight.

"Once we scored the first goal we really started to fly on the ice", Mursak told NBC's Pierre McGuire after the game.

American hockey fans will now surely lament the fact NHL players are not in the Olympics, more than they already have been, and the great amount of relative unknowns on the United States roster.

Which in all likelihood makes Thursday's (Wednesday night on the West Coast) first-round game between the sport's two superpowers at Kwandong Hockey Centre a sneak preview of the Games' gold medal final next Thursday.

Russia, by the way, might have not only lose the game but a player for at least a game - Per IIHF source Nikita Nesterov's hit in the 1st period will be reviewed by disciplinary committee. Instead of Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews, the U.S.is led by captain Brian Gionta and a cast of former NHLers, including Chris Bourque, Mark Arcobello and James Wisniewski among them.

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Only once has a team other than the USA or Canada made the Olympic or Worlds title games.

Of course, it's an upset for the U.S. Even without National Hockey League players on the team they were expected to beat Slovenia.

It's a far cry from the likes of Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, and Johnny Gaudreau, but the same goes for pretty much every team in the tournament. Bobby Sanguinetti's sharp-angled shot created the rebound opportunity for Greenway.

US goalie Brandon Maxwell, Jordan Greenway, left, and Ryan Donato, right. O'Neill's late goal is something for the Americans to build on in the second. Both sides exchange penalties towards the end of the period but nothing came and both sides were still tied after 40 minutes of hockey. United States of America leads Slovenia 1-0 17:44 in.

In overtime, Mursak was left alone in front of the U.S.net to score the game-winning goal off a pass from Gregorc. Here are the full starting lineups.

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