US Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Preview and Prediction: USA vs. Slovenia

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In Sochi, the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team also played Slovenia during the preliminary rounds, and Team USA won 5-1.

Blaz Gregorc scored early in the third period for Slovenia to cut the America's lead in half.

Brian O'Neill scored in the first period and Jordan Greenway added a goal in the second to put the U.S.in front 2-0. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two.

Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in the third period and the victor in overtime as Slovenia rallied to stun Team USA in the Olympic opener for both teams. They have not played a single exhibition game together.

USA coach Tony Granato showed a lot of trust in Greenway by having him center the top line with Ryan Stoa and captain Brian Gionta on his wings.

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

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Since 2013 he has been playing mostly in Russia's KHL with CSKA Moscow. Many spent stints in the NHL - five games here, 10 more there - before turning to a journeyman career in European leagues.

Slovenia captain Jan Mursak, a former draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, scored that tying goal.

Granato kept Team USA's starting goalie under wraps much of a lead-up to the Games, but on Tuesday gave Ryan Zapolski the nod in net for the opener. All four have significant worldwide experience, but Terry is probably the most recognizable name as he was the hero who scored the shootout-winning goal in the gold medal game at last year's World Junior Championships.

Greenway corralled a loose puck on the side of the goal, had an open net and buried it. It's 2-2 after the first period. Even though the USA holds an 11-4 shot total, Slovenia skated with them much of the period and, lest we forget, this one could be tied right now.

Forward Garret Roe made a nifty pass from behind the net to set up Brian O'Neil at 14:44 of the opening period to give US a 1-0 lead.

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