United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

Goals from Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway helped the Americans build a 2-0 lead.

The Olympic hockey tournament is being played without NHL players for the first time since the Lillehammer Games in 1994 after the league and International Olympic Committee failed to agree on players' travel and insurance costs.

But will little time left in the game Wednesday, Mursak lingered toward the front of the United States goal crease, near goalie Ryan Zapolski.

The other two men's games Wednesday will see Slovakia take on the star-studded Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation in the morning, and Finland face Germany in the evening. First, here's Slovenia's game-tying goal late in the third period. Team USA had to kill off a two-minute penalty with less than 10 minutes left.

Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

Blaz Gregorc, who had a goal and an assist for Slovenia, fired shot on goal from the point. Twenty-three others have represented the U.S.in worldwide competitions and captured 14 medals. All four have significant global experience, but Terry is probably the most recognizable name as he was the hero who scored the shootout-winning goal in the gold medal game at last year's World Junior Championships.

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In 3-on-3 overtime, after a scoring chance for the United States, Slovenia brought the puck down ice and, on a break-in, made sure it got on to the stick of their captain for the winning goal.

This time, the pass made it through, and Mursak beat Zapolski on the stick side, to win the game.

"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. After being blanked in its first two games of the preliminary round, Griffin's accomplishment will prove to be a building block for the Korean hockey program.

Since 2013 he has been playing mostly in Russia's KHL with CSKA Moscow.

With captain Brian Gionta off for tripping, the US got a couple of scares when Slovenia hit the post early on the power play and then nearly scored moments later.

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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