United States hockey team unlucky in scoring opportunities against Olympic Athletes From Russia

United States hockey team unlucky in scoring opportunities against Olympic Athletes From Russia

Jordan Greenway was wrapping up a postgame interview following the United States men's hockey team's 4-0 loss to Russian Federation on Saturday when he was asked about the team's outlook for the rest of the tournament.

There's still plenty at stake this time with the US looking to win its first Olympic gold medal since the "Miracle On Ice" in 1980.

The first goal came off the stick of Nikolai Prokhorkin, who finished off a pretty passing play from Alexander Barbanov and Sergei Mozyakin.

That may still be the case, but both teams have had to overcome upset losses in the first game, with the US losing to Slovenia and Russian Federation dropping its opener to Slovakia. They were stunned by Slovakia in their first game in Pyeongchang, but rebounded Friday with an 8-2 blowout of Slovenia, the same team that beat the US two days earlier.

Needless to say, if the US hadn't laid an egg in the first 58 minutes, Granato would have nothing to be upset about.

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United States goalie Ryan Zapolski, who received a vote of confidence from Granato after the game - "He's our goalie", Granato said - thinks the Russians are strong, but not unbeatable.

This night lacked the tense political subtext of the Cold War from their 1980 meeting and the pomp and circumstance of Russian President Vladimir Putin attending and the pressure on the home team in Sochi in 2014, but it had the same kind of in-arena atmosphere.

As if that goal wasn't deflating enough for the U.S., Slava Voynov sprung Kovalchuk for a semi-breakaway and the former Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils sniper beat Zapolski clean 32 seconds into the third for the final tally. We want to practice the way we want to play in the game. "We have a lot of guys that have the ability to score, and we're going to need all our lines to score for us to be good in this tournament". "Good players are able to score goals like that, and those are some of their better players so they found a way to score".

"I think we played well". "What he told me is, 'You've got to go find a team to play on and we'll come watch, but you've got to put in the work to get here.' It was a very honest conversation, he was very up front and it was my job, my duty, to go earn a spot on this team". Koshechkin stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first shutout of the tournament. "We also know [Russia] is probably the No. 1 seed in the tournament from everybody's prediction and looking at what their lineup is", Granato said. "We're just trying to have every impact we can for the team".

But if the scoring picks up, Granato thinks anything is possible. "They have a great team".

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