From there, Slovenia had the better of the play, finally forging a tie when Jan Mursak scored from right in front of USA goalie Ryan Zapolski with 1:37 left and the Slovenian goalie pulled for an extra attacker. A 2-0 lead, on goals by Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway, didn't really seem to do Team USA's performance total justice as Slovenia didn't get a lot going in their offensive zone.
It is the first Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament in 24 years without NHL players.
In the second period Jordan Greenway, the first African American to play for the US men's Olympic hockey team, tapped in a puck that popped loose from a scrum in front of Kroselj. Mursak tied the game on a rebound goal with 1:37 to play. Team USA led 24-12 in shots after 40 minutes and easily could have been ahead by more.
"I'm happy I was able to score today and help the team", Mursak said after the game, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation.
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Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak. Blaz Gregorc and Miha Verlic assisted on the play.
Afterward, the USA lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals, and Canada was able to advance to the gold medal game by beating the Czech Republic.
In 3-on-3 overtime, after a scoring chance for the United States, Slovenia brought the puck down ice and, on a break-in, made sure it got on to the stick of their captain for the winning goal.
Jan Mursak played just 46 games in the National Hockey League after he was drafted in the 6th round by the Detroit Red Wings in 2006.
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Returning to the lineup later in the season, he had trouble finding any playing time, the Red Wings put him on waivers and Mursak signed with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL.
Both Team USA and Canada are unbeaten in the group stage so far, so somebody will leave the game with their first loss. After being blanked in its first two games of the preliminary round, Griffin's accomplishment will prove to be a building block for the Korean hockey program.
For the first time since the 1994 Games, NHL players are not on the US roster.
In the United States, the game starts Wednesday morning at 7:10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
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