Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

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

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

In the extra period, it would be Mursak again who would end the game just 38 seconds after the puck dropped, to give Slovenia the 3-2 victory. As Mursak's shot went past goaltender Ryan Zapolski, U.S. players hung their heads on the bench before Slovenia players celebrated with their fans.

The Americans would not get a shot on goal in the quick extra frame, as Mursak netted the game victor for Slovenia 38 seconds into overtime to wrap up a three-goal comeback. It wasn't the prettiest game the United States has ever played, but the team was leading by two goals after stifling Slovenia for the most part after 40 minutes. Ceresnak's slap shot from the point found twine to capitalize on a power play and give his team a third-period lead against the gold-medal favorites. Greenway is one of four collegiate players who will represent the United States in the tournament.

Since 2013 he has been playing mostly in Russia's KHL with CSKA Moscow.

In the game because of goalie Gasper Kroselj, who stopped 34 of 36 shots, Slovenia came to life when Jan Urbas scored 5:37 into the third period.

After a feeling-out period in the first few minutes and American defenseman Noah Welch sliding in front of a wide-open net for the save of the game, the USA began drawing penalties with its speed and then found a way to cash in.

For example, you could have a Canada-Sweden Gold Medal Game and then feature Conor McDavid, Sidney Crosby and others in an Edmonton Oilers-Pittsburgh Penguins game five days later to kick off the second half of the season.

In Wednesday's game, the USA got goals from Brian O'Neill and Boston University's Jordan Greenway.

The U.S. did look strong in the first two periods, outshooting Slovenia 11-3 in the first and 13-9 in the second.

Team USA looked worn out in the third period during its disapointing loss to Slovenia.

The United States men's hockey team got off to a rocky start at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, falling to Slovenia 3-2 in overtime.

According to Terrence Doyle of FiveThirtyEight, this roster has played 3,083 games at the National Hockey League level, scoring 1,216 points, a per game average (0.39) that is lower than the average found in the Olympics among all rosters (0.42). "He's doing his best to help us win". "They were the better team in the third and it was good enough for them to get the win". He scored one goal in 19 games.

That sounds good - to be anywhere near an NHL level of scoring with a ragtag group of non-NHL players is commendable - but considering the 2010 squad in Vancouver scored goals at a rate of 351 goals per 82 NHL games and the 2014 unit in Sochi was at 446 per 82 it is easy to see just how big a falloff we can expect in Pyeongchang with no NHL players.

"I thought we took the foot off the gas", O'Neill told NBCOlympics.com after the game. Look for Terry and the second line to come out even stronger in the second game and hopefully turn their great chances into a few goals.

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