In Sochi, the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team also played Slovenia during the preliminary rounds, and Team USA won 5-1.
Slovenia, ranked 15th by the International Ice Hockey Federation, got on the board in the third period when Blaz Gregorc threaded a wrist shot through a crowd in front of US goalkeeper Ryan Zapolski.
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Team USA led 2-0 in the third period when Slovenia rallied to create a tense finish. Since the 1998 Nagano Games, the world's best hockey players meet every four years in the ultimate display of national pride and for worldwide bragging rights. "I'm proud of the team and hopefully we can start looking to the next game and surprise somebody else". 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.
Since 2013 he has been playing mostly in Russia's KHL with CSKA Moscow.
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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.
Slovenian's had lost all 5 games against the U.S. in prior tournaments and didn't step on the ice as favorites in this game either.
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The back-to-back upsets in the Olympic hockey hub of Gangneung, a city located about 60 kilometres northeast of Pyeongchang, underlines the unpredictability of this throwback tournament, the first without NHLers since 1994.
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. He scored one goal in 19 games. Team USA led 24-12 in shots after 40 minutes and easily could have been ahead by more. He rings it off the crossbar with the net wide open on the power play.
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The tying goal came with the Slovenia net empty. U.S. leads Slovenia 1-0 17:44 in. Americans have four shots compared to Slovenia's one so far.