Slovenia beats U.S. in men's hockey on first day

Slovenia beats U.S. in men's hockey on first day

Mursak tied the game on a rebound goal with 1:37 to play.

Team USA still gains a point in the standings by making it to overtime.

Granato, a longtime coach in the U.S. National Development Program, himself departed his job at the University Wisconsin to lead the Americans, who hold the sixth-best odds (10-1) to win their first gold medal since that 1980 team.

The group looks a lot different than we're familiar with as a result of the NHL's decision not to send players to Pyeongchang, but it'll be trying to bring home its first Olympic gold medal since 1980.

The Americans next will play Slovakia on Friday. Still, it's not a great start for a team that already had questions heading into the competition. After goals from Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway, the Americans took a 2-0 lead into the third period.

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Brian Gionta, from Rochester, serves as team captain and is the only returning Olympian. Many spent stints in the NHL - five games here, 10 more there - before turning to a journeyman career in European leagues. 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.

There's not much time to regroup for Team USA.

"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. He scored one goal in 19 games. Download the Team USA app today.

"It was exciting to get my first, but it would have been much better to get a win tonight", said Greenway, one of four American college players in the USA team. Initial shot by Bobby Sanguinetti. He rings it off the crossbar with the net wide open on the power play. US leads Slovenia 1-0 17:44 in.

In Wednesday's game, the US got goals from Brian O'Neill and Boston University's Jordan Greenway. In that regard, the USA caught a break facing Slovenia first as opposed to the Russians, whom the Americans will face on Saturday.

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