No one expected this kind of showing from Slovenia, which looked overmatched in the first two periods and is mostly known for having a star in Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar. There was no Kopitar — this is the first Olympics since 1994 without NHL players — but still the same pluck and no-quit attitude that helped the Slovenians beat rival Slovakia in Sochi for one of the biggest victories in national history.
Slovenia added another by upsetting the U.S. and gets the Russians next.
“I’m proud of my guys,” Mursak said. “I’m proud of the team and hopefully we can start looking to the next game and surprise somebody else.”
The Americans didn’t expect to be surprised by much but go back to the drawing board to prepare to face Slovakia on Friday.