US men's hockey team loses to Slovenia in Olympics debut

Jim Johannson died at 53 a few weeks before the start of the Olympics Paul Sancya  AP

Jim Johannson died at 53 a few weeks before the start of the Olympics Paul Sancya AP

Team USA will continue its hunt for an Olympic medal when it plays Slovakia on February 16. The Olympic tournament has united nations and vindicated others torn apart. That's what makes the Americans' 3-2 overtime loss to Slovenia in the opener so stunning.

Mursak played in his first National Hockey League game December 28, 2010 for the Red Wings, replacing Daniel Cleary, who had injured his ankle.

Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in the third period and the victor in overtime as Slovenia rallied to stun Team USA in the Olympic opener for both teams.

USA goalie Brandon Maxwell, Jordan Greenway, left, and Ryan Donato, right. During the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, Terry scored three consecutive shootout goals to beat Russian Federation in semifinals and scored the single shootout shot against Canada for the gold medal.

There's not much time to regroup for Team USA.

In the absence of the NHL, which chose not to send players to Pyeongchang, the US men's national team is comprised of outcasts. The Americans are firmly among the top half of the 12 teams involved. "We need to be our best and play our best".

"We were on our heels in the third at times and they took advantage". That's a longshot compared to USA's usual powerhouse status.

Mursak scored again 38 seconds into overtime to seal the dramatic, come-from-behind victory. The U.S. will have to rebound quickly; its next game is on February 16 against Slovakia - a team coming off a big opening win against the Russians.

Do you believe in ... choking away comfortable leads? With under two minutes left in the third, Slovenia pulled its goalie, Gasper Kroselj, and Mursak scored to tie the game at 2. Third period starts now. He had 49 goals and 74 assists for 123 points in 186 KHL games, entering this season. In November, SN spent three days with him in Boston. Initial shot by Bobby Sanguinetti.

Greenway corralled a loose puck on the side of the goal, had an open net and buried it.

Kroselj made a handful of quality saves to keep Slovenia in the game, and Zapolski had to do the same in the second period, stopping Urbas on a one-timer with Greenway in the box and the United States on the penalty kill. Forward Garrett Roe flew down the left wing and dished the puck to a waiting O'Neill to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead 17:44 in.

Zapolski allowed three goals on 25 shots, including the first goal by Jan Urbas. Here are the full starting lineups. James Wisniewski goes off for high-sticking and we're four aside.

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