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

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The only player on the roster with National Hockey League experience tied the game late in the third period and netted the game victor in OT as Slovenia erased a two-goal deficit and defeated the United States, 3-2. From there, Slovenia had the better of the play, finally forging a tie when Jan Mursak scored from right in front of US goalie Ryan Zapolski with 1:37 left and the Slovenian goalie pulled for an extra attacker.

Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway scored as the United States of America built a 2-0 lead.

The Olympic athletes from Russian Federation team also suffered a surprise opening defeat as Slovakia's Peter Ceresnak scored the decisive goal in their 3-2 win.

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.

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With under two minutes left in the third, Slovenia pulled its goalie, Gasper Kroselj, and Mursak scored to tie the game at 2. U.S. clearly chose to nap out there today and that cost them big time. Forward Garrett Roe flew down the left wing and dished the puck to a waiting O'Neill to give the USA a 1-0 lead 17:44 in. It became razor thin 5:49 into the third when Gregorc beat Zapolski to get Slovenia on the board.

NOTES: Defensemen Matt Gilroy and Noah Welch wore the "As" as alternate captains. "It's a good team, I'll give them credit".

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. He scored his first goal against the Avalanche, January 10, 2011. After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two. A part of Yugoslavia until 1991, Slovenia did not qualify for an Olympic ice hockey tournament until 2014 but finished a respectable seventh in Sochi. The second game for the US was to be played against Canada, and no one knew what to expect.

In the United States, the game starts Wednesday morning at 7:10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

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