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Slovenia comes back to stun US in OT in Olympic opener

Slovenia comes back to stun US in OT in Olympic opener

The tournament of ice hockey male has an extremely bad start for two of the contenders for the podium as the team of olympic athletes of Russian Federation lost against Slovakia and the United States have been surprised by Slovenia.

He's the only Slovenian player with National Hockey League experience (46 career games with the Detroit Red Wings) and my, oh my, did he come up big against Team USA on Wednesday in Slovenia's Olympic opener.

Taking NHL stars out of the equation might prove to be a bigger equalizer here than anyone could have imagined. Thursday, the Americans controlled possession for much of the game and at times dominated Canada, which has now won 23 straight Olympic matches since losing to the Americans in the gold-medal game in 1998.The problem was putting the puck in the net.

Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

This time, it had no reason to feel inferior.

"It didn't matter if she was playing or not playing, she was always that person that gave taps on the pads to say 'Hey, girls you know we've got this, '" Agosta said. "It was no problem", Slovenia forward Blaz Gregorc said.

That they did, even though goals by former Kings farmhand Brian O'Neill from the slot at 17:44 of the first period and Jordan Greenway, on a backhander from deep on the right side at 12:57 of the second period, seemed to put the game out of reach.

"Yeah, we're not anxious about it", said Stauber after watching his team absorb a fifth straight loss to Canada. We never have to make choice between our team and our country my whole career. "The memories we create is something we can cherish for a lifetime". The United States allowed the call on the ice to stand without challenging the call - yes, they can do that this year! - for offside, but a closer look at a screenshot casts a bit of doubt on the goal.

He said he was finally told between the second and third periods.

In the final frenetic seconds of a 2-1 classic, American Hilary Knight couldn't get her stick on a pass that should enabled her to tie the score, and twice right after that the US hit the goal post, and one long pushing match and a referee challenge to determine whether the puck had scored - and this was being played for basically nothing but bragging rights.

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"I don't think we played bad in the first two periods. That's what we were talking about as a group, just enjoy the moment and be in it".

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger interviewed Alex Ovechkin ahead of the Caps-Jets game Tuesday night.

The Canadian high when Sarah Nurse scored another goal to open up the lead was equaled only by the US high when Kendall Coyne beat four Canadians to bring the Americans within one.

Simon Moser's third period powerplay goal accounted for all the Swiss scoring and Wolski answered with an empty netter for Canada. First, Knight barely missed on a one-timer off a attractive set up from Coyne, who seconds later saw the puck hop over her stick while staring at an open net. "I don't think it has hit me like how it will later on in my life".

Maybe not the Americans, who knew they bungled this one.

With captain Brian Gionta off for tripping, the USA got a couple of scares when Slovenia hit the post early on the power play and then nearly scored moments later. "Our coaching staff has done a great job getting us up to the level that we need to be at".

"There's a lot more attention on us when it comes to February", Canadian forward Brianne Jenner said. But Slovenia dealt with those same factors, and handled them well.

Russian Federation will next play Slovenia on Friday, while Slovakia takes on the United States on the same day. That game, he acknowledged, will be a challenge.

Former NHL players Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk anchor the team along with numerous top players from the KHL, which is widely considered the No. 2 professional league in the world. Again one game will decide everything and that game wasn't played Thursday. Tonight is about filing it now and getting ready for the next one.

"We're four players that like to be consistent performers, that like to show up to the rink every day". This one's over and done with.