Kroselj stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced to pick up the victory, giving up goals to Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway. Slovenia's Blaz Gregorc cut the deficit in half with a little over 14 minutes left in regulation. Both teams will qualify for the semifinals as the two best teams in Group A. As Mursak's shot went past goaltender Ryan Zapolski, US players hung their heads on the bench before Slovenia players celebrated with their fans. 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.
Team USA will continue its hunt for an Olympic medal when it plays Slovakia on February 16. O'Neil also registered the secondary assist on the goal. Zapolski made the save, but the rebound plopped pregnant with opportunity on to the ice at the Kwandong Hockey Centre, with Mursak standing over it. Olympic upsets happen, and the United States was on the wrong end this time. But Ticar retrieved the puck and stubbornly repeated the task.
Outside of Kovalchuk and Datsyuk, the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation boast a wealth of talented players from their domestic league, the KHL. The U.S. will have to rebound quickly; its next game is on February 16 against Slovakia - a team coming off a big opening win against the Russians.
Mursak, who now plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League, was selected by the Red Wings in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
Rory McIlroy posts five-putt double-bogey at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro
McIlroy was four-under through 15 holes before suffering a bogey on the 16th, when his wayward drive finished in a waste area. Day, an 11-time US PGA Tour victor , shares 32nd with a host of players including five time major victor Phil Mickelson .
"Hopefully, we can start looking to the next game and surprise somebody else". He scored his first goal against the Avalanche, January 10, 2011.
He has played for Slovenia in the World Junior Championships and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The women's ice hockey event will conclude February 22 with a game determining the gold medal victor. Lamoureux's twin sister Jocelyne touched off an even larger brawl in a December 4-1 USA win in Grand Forks, N.D. When it was all over the referee had handed out 10 fighting majors and there were six US players in the penalty box, five Canadians.
Wednesday's pool-play game will decide which part of the elimination bracket the United States and Canada land on.
The broadcast is on CNBC.