A 2-0 lead, on goals by Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway, didn't really seem to do Team USA's performance total justice as Slovenia didn't get a lot going in their offensive zone. Blaz Gregorc scores 5:49 into the third period to get Slovenia on the board, cutting the USA lead to 2-1. He collected a keepsake in the second period with a goal that gave Team USA a 2-0 lead.
Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.
With some pressure on, after a penalty to USA captain Brian Gionta, Slovenia pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has decided not to send its professional players to compete at these Winter Olympics, which dealt a major blow to the U.S. team, but Granato believes that his team has what it takes to be a champion at PyeongChang. Brian O'Neill and Bobby Sanguinetti were credited with the assists on Greenway's goal.
The big center wheeled to his left, pirouetted, carried the puck along with him through the rotation and fired it cleanly behind Zapolski.
Although Canada has gotten the best of the United States on the Olympic stage, the Americans have won each of the last three World Championships, with the last two victories coming in overtime. But Ticar retrieved the puck and stubbornly repeated the task. US blew a two-goal lead in the third period and Jan Mursak, the lone Slovenian with National Hockey League experience, scores the game-winner. The final game in group play is Saturday against the team from Russian Federation.
"I'm proud of my guys, I'm proud of the team", said Mursak, who played sporadically with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings between 2010 and 2012.
If you missed the game, we're here for you. He scored his first goal against the Avalanche, January 10, 2011. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two. Lamoureux's twin sister Jocelyne touched off an even larger brawl in a December 4-1 USA win in Grand Forks, N.D. When it was all over the referee had handed out 10 fighting majors and there were six US players in the penalty box, five Canadians.
The United States continues preliminary round play against Slovakia at 10:10 Eastern Thursday.