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Jan Mursak tied the game late in third period and tallied the game victor in overtime as Slovenia took down the United States in the opening game of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

"We were on our heels in the third at times and they took advantage". Blaz Gregorc scores 5:49 into the third period to get Slovenia on the board, cutting the USA lead to 2-1. That's what makes the Americans' 3-2 overtime loss to Slovenia in the opener so stunning. Team Canada has taken the last four Olympic gold medals, with the USA winning the 1998 Games. Next up for Team USA is a faceoff with rival Canada, which won the gold in the 2014 Sochi Games.

"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. He's one of a few players with significant National Hockey League experience on the team along with James Wisniewski, Jim Slater, and Mark Arcobello, among others.

In the absence of the NHL, which chose not to send players to Pyeongchang, the US men's national team is comprised of outcasts. US captain Brian Gionta is off for tripping 12:42 into the third, and the Americans have a penalty to kill clinging to a 2-1 lead. He had 49 goals and 74 assists for 123 points in 186 KHL games, entering this season.

In Team USA's game against Russian players, forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set an Olympic record for the fastest back-to-back goals, scoring two goals 6 seconds apart.

Team USA led 2-0 in the third period when Slovenia rallied to create a tense finish.

Greenway corralled a loose puck on the side of the goal, had an open net and buried it. But the Americans kill off a Jordan Greenway penalty thanks to a few big saves from Ryan Zapolski. U.S. leads Slovenia 1-0 17:44 in.

Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced in net for the US, while Kroselj allowed two goals on 36 shots for Slovenia.

Kroselj made a handful of quality saves to keep Slovenia in the game, and Zapolski had to do the same in the second period, stopping Urbas on a one-timer with Greenway in the box and the United States on the penalty kill. Americans have four shots compared to Slovenia's one so far.

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