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

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Jordan Greenway (one goal, four shots, good effort) was a bright spot for the Americans, but overall it felt like Team USA's adrenaline fizzled. Gionta, the leader, was delayed by travel and missed the first practice. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, US gave up two third period goals - including a late equalizer - and allowed Slovenia to force overtime. "But I love Jan. Jan's a great, great guy". When they ask me to be Ambassador for Sochi Olympic Games I did it.

Join ACCUSCORE now and get 25% off the annual membership by using code "NHL25"! Sarah Nurse tallied 76 goals and 61 assists in 150 games for the University of Wisconsin and could be one of Canada's key scoring weapons at the Games.

Despite the player's complaints, the Olympics will still be deprived of the opportunity of seeing the game's biggest stars such as Henrik Lundqvist and Alexander Ovechkin. But the Americans don't have the luxury of growing in time. This tournament does not have many professional players, but numerous participants - all of them under 20 years old - who make up the teams are sure to be at that level someday. These games determine seeding.

Vladislav Gavrikov and Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov both scored early in the first, but Peter Olvecky and Martin Bakos erased the deficit with goals late in the first.

"Our coaching staff did an unbelievable job getting us to this point".

Monique Lamoureux Morando of the U.S. in action Thursday Feb. 15 2018 against Marie Philip Poulin of Canada. David W Cerny  Reuters
Monique Lamoureux Morando of the U.S. in action Thursday Feb. 15 2018 against Marie Philip Poulin of Canada. David W Cerny Reuters

In addition to being able to watch the NBSCN simulcast via the above streaming services, you can also watch the game live on your computer via NBCOlympics.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. But the team stopped short of carrying the momentum throughout the third period and overtime to secure its first win. Being here, on this stage and making Olympic history, is a good start.

In Wednesday's game, the USA got goals from Brian O'Neill and Boston University's Jordan Greenway. The offense generated chances. "They will all be in the National Hockey League soon", NBC commentator Pierre McGuire said. A lack of preparation would explain breakdowns like those, as players often need time to settle in to their systems.

"It's an unfortunate outcome and it's something we're going to have to get past", forward Troy Terry said. "We just didn't find a way to finish the game". Just 11 days before the Americans took to the ice for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, GM Brian Burke's son, Brendan, was killed in a vehicle accident. O'Neill admitted that he, like many of his teammates who left professional teams in Europe, is here largely because something didn't go right along the way.

To choke or not to choke - that is the Russian question as the Olympic hockey tournament begins.

"[Former USA Hockey general manager] Jim [Johannson] said it best: "Of the 25 [guys] out there, there's 24 of them that have never worn an Olympic shirt before, '" said Granato, now on a 3-week sabbatical from the Badgers" bench to run the show in South Korea at the invitation of Johannson, an ex-Wisconsin teammate who passed away last month at the age of 53. The comparisons to 1980 and the "Miracle on Ice" team might not be fair, but they are inevitable.

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