Canada and USA women renew best rivarly at the Olympics

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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.

This time, it's a group of underdogs that will attempt to write another chapter into USA Hockey lore.

US coach Tony Granato wasn't impressed with his team's energy level at the end of regulation, while OAR captain Pavel Datsyuk preached better attention to defence, especially when holding a lead.

The U.S. struck first late in the opening period when Garrett Roe kept a loose puck in the Slovenian zone, carried it behind the net and fed Brian O'Neill who was streaking into the slot. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two. Instead of Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews, the U.S.is led by captain Brian Gionta and a cast of former NHLers, including Chris Bourque, Mark Arcobello and James Wisniewski among them. The final game in group play is Saturday against the team from Russian Federation.

It is the first Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament in 24 years without NHL players.

It's a far cry from the likes of Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, and Johnny Gaudreau, but the same goes for pretty much every team in the tournament.

In the extra period, it would be Mursak again who would end the game just 38 seconds after the puck dropped, to give Slovenia the 3-2 victory.

"Once we scored the first goal we really started to fly on the ice", Mursak told NBC's Pierre McGuire after the game.

Team USA has won the last four World titles, seven of the last eight. Initial shot by Bobby Sanguinetti.

Despite the loss, the race for gold is still wide open.

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 United States of America a 1-0 lead. In that regard, the USA caught a break facing Slovenia first as opposed to the Russians, whom the Americans will face on Saturday.

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