The Olympic men's hockey tournament has opened with a pair of surprises, with both the Americans and the favored Russians losing 3-2.
The United States men's hockey team could not have asked for a worse start to their 2018 Winter Olympic gold medal hopes.
Taking NHL stars out of the equation might prove to be a bigger equalizer here than anyone could have imagined.
Could another dark horse U.S. Men's hockey team rise up and beat the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, now the favourite to win gold, or their archrival Team Canada, the second-choice in the betting markets? This is assuming OAR takes care of business themselves against a Slovenia team who is riding high after their upset against of the U.S.
This time, it had no reason to feel inferior.
"We were on our heels in the third at times and they took advantage". He also notched an assist giving the Jokerit player - part of the Kontinental Hockey League - two points on the night.
The Americans were in ideal shape through two periods, as Brian O'Neill gave them a 1-0 lead in the first, and Minnesota Wild forward prospect Jordan Greenway made it 2-0 in the second.
"Even starting in 1960 when we had the amateurs playing in the Olympics and we were able to get the gold medal there, and then most recently in 1980, just being able to build on that legacy is an unbelievable feeling for me, and I'm happy I'm able to get this opportunity now", Greenway said in an interview earlier this year. The upsets ended any notion the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation would have an edge based on familiarity with a roster taken from the two top teams in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League. We created a lot in the offensive zone. "Hopefully I can come out here and have a great Olympics".
Slovakia recorded only four shots in the first period, but scored on two of them just before the intermission.
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.
"I got a flawless pass from Martin Hasek and then I just closed my eyes shut and it finished in the goal", Ceresnak said. This could set up to be and instant classic and be one of the more entertaining games of round-robin play. "Then we started shooting the puck and got a lucky rebound and it went in".
38 seconds into overtime, he struck again. "I think it's huge", Gregorc said.
Maybe if the idea of having the games outside would have appealed to Bettman, who can't stop scheduling Winter Classics as his idea of prime exposure. "In the first two periods we were pressuring the puck, we got in on the forecheck, used our speed, created turnovers and brought pucks to the net", USA captain Brian Gionta said. "So it's good for us to learn from that third period".