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

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

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

Mursak, a Red Wings draft pick who played for the team for parts of three seasons, scored the game-tying goal late in the third and then netted the game-winner in overtime to lift Slovenia to a surprising 3-2 win over the US on Wednesday morning.

A team who have earned a reputation for punching above their weight, Slovenia captain Jan Mursak tied the game with under two minutes to go by tapping home a rebound and scored the victor less than a minute into sudden-death overtime. Goals from Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway helped the Americans build a 2-0 lead.

The other Group B matchup also went the way of the underdog, as Slovakia also overcame a 2-0 deficit to knock off the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation by the same 3-2 count.

This time, the pass made it through, and Mursak beat Zapolski on the stick side, to win the game. He scored one goal in 19 games.

With under two minutes left in the third, Slovenia pulled its goalie, Gasper Kroselj, and Mursak scored to tie the game at 2.

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Team USA burst out of the gates by pouncing on Slovenia in the first period. Both the Team USA men and women will take the ice for one of the most exciting days on the schedule. Twenty-three others have represented the global competitions and captured 14 medals. It became razor thin 5:49 into the third when Gregorc beat Zapolski to get Slovenia on the board.

"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.

"But we've got to find a way to finish the game".

Returning to the lineup later in the season, he had trouble finding any playing time, the Red Wings put him on waivers and Mursak signed with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL. 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.

It was the first win for Slovenia over the United States in Olympic men's ice hockey.

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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