Olympics men's hockey, U.S. vs. Slovakia results and highlights

Olympics men's hockey, U.S. vs. Slovakia results and highlights

Slovenia captain Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and the victor 38 seconds into overtime.

All is not lost for the Americans as all 12 Olympic teams advance to the knockout round. "And they scored a goal off one of them and from that point we were kind of on our heels". Granato wondered if 21 players dressing in their first Olympic game combined with the hype and long day before a late start took a toll on his team, which hadn't played together much.

The Highlands Ranch, Colo. product was instrumental in a 2-1 victory over Slovakia that now puts the USA atop the Group B standings with four points.

The United States men's hockey team needed a win in their second game of pool play of the 2018 Winter Olympics to earn an automatic bid into the quarterfinals.

For 40 minutes things went swimmingly for the star-less USA men's hockey team in its Olympic opener against Slovenia.

After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period to lose to Slovenia in overtime on Wednesday, Friday's performance showed USA coach Tony Granato his team had learned from that letdown.

"They're great players", 39-year-old captain Brian Gionta said. They were the better team in the third and it was good enough for them to get the win.

After just five practices before their first game, the Americans have had to gel with each other fast and learn from their mistakes even quicker.

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The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation face Slovenia later. He spun with the puck in front of the net, and tucked it through goalie Jan Laco's pads.

Donato's first goal came just over seven minutes into the first period and Slovakia answered a mere 25 seconds later.

O'Neill said he would like to see his team clean up around the net after getting 31 chances on goal against Slovakia, but converting only two.

"It wasn't a flawless game, but I thought it was solid".

An overtime defeat could have had a lasting impact in such a short tournament, but the Americans displayed the mental toughness of a team with years of experience. "We wanted to get in on the forecheck and wear them down". We all got some confidence, and we definitely carried that with us.

"I'm not too anxious about who scores the goals as long as we get the win", Donato said.

"I think you see that [speed] with me and Donato and [Mark] Arcobello". Granato doesn't expect his youngest players to be wide-eyed at the prospect of facing the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk.

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