Former Red Wing Burns US Men's Hockey Team In Olympic Opener

Former Red Wing Burns US Men's Hockey Team In Olympic Opener

Former Red Wing Jan Mursak, the only Slovene with any National Hockey League experience, provided huge leadership and two goals, one to tie the game with just 1:17 remaining in the third period and another to win it 38 seconds into overtime.

Ryan Zapolski made 22 saves as the United States failed to protect a two-goal lead in the final period.

It is the first Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament in 24 years without NHL players.

Peter Ceresnak, Slovakia: The 25-year-old forward was the hero for Slovakia as the underdogs upset the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation to open their campaign in PyeongChang.

Slovenia knotted the game at two with 1:37 remaining in the third period. Team USA led 24-12 in shots after 40 minutes and easily could have been ahead by more.

Slovenia had begun to tilt the ice toward the United States end, after they were out-shot for most of the first two periods, as the Americans were mostly the aggressors.

Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

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The goalkeeper turned a deflected shot from Jesse Lingard round his post and also denied Anthony Martial with his left foot. In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game, I saw Leo cry.

Jordan Greenway, who still plays at Boston University, scored Team USA's second goal of the night at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Wednesday. Blaz Gregorc and Miha Verlic assisted on the play. He is also the only former Olympian and led the 2006 Winter Games in scoring when the USA was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Bobby Sanguinetti reacts after Slovenia scores the game-tying goal against the United States at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

"I'm proud of my guys, I'm proud of the team", said Mursak, who played sporadically with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings between 2010 and 2012.

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.

It was the first win for Slovenia over the United States in Olympic men's ice hockey.

With captain Brian Gionta off for tripping, the US got a couple of scares when Slovenia hit the post early on the power play and then nearly scored moments later.

The United States continues preliminary round play against Slovakia at 10:10 Eastern Thursday.

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