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.
Team USA still gains a point in the standings by making it to overtime.
USA 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. After goals from Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway, the Americans took a 2-0 lead into the third period. Captain Brian Gionta is the most accomplished American, with 15 National Hockey League seasons and a Stanley Cup on his resume. 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.
American hockey fans will now surely lament the fact NHL players are not in the Olympics, more than they already have been, and the great amount of relative unknowns on the United States roster.
The back-to-back upsets in the Olympic hockey hub of Gangneung, a city located about 60 kilometres northeast of Pyeongchang, underlines the unpredictability of this throwback tournament, the first without NHLers since 1994.
"I'm proud of my guys, I'm proud of the team", said Mursak, who played sporadically with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings between 2010 and 2012.
Randi Griffin, Korea: The crowd was sent into a frenzy when Griffin's wrist shot trickled past the Japanese goaltender to pull Korea within one goal. Team USA had to kill off a two-minute penalty with less than 10 minutes left.
Only once has a team other than the US or Canada made the Olympic or Worlds title games.
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 US a 1-0 lead. Initial shot by Bobby Sanguinetti. Team Canada has taken the last four Olympic gold medals, with the USA winning the 1998 Games. James Wisniewski goes off for high-sticking and we're four aside. Here are the full starting lineups.