Slo day in men’s hockey

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — Post­media Net­work

What’s the worst lead in hockey again?

Two-zip.

The hockey world was re­minded of one of the sport’s old­est cliches Wed­nes­day as puck dropped on the men’s Olympic tour­na­ment in South Korea and the up­sets rolled in.

The U.S., which was sit­ting pretty af­ter 40 min­utes, fal­tered down the stretch against hockey min­now Slove­nia, cough­ing up a 2-0 lead and even­tu­ally los­ing in stun­ning fash­ion, 3-2 in over­time.

The Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia, mean­while, shot out to a 2-0 lead over Slo­vakia in the first five min­utes of the first pe­riod, only to con­cede two goals in short or­der later in the pe­riod and even­tu­ally fall 3-2 in reg­u­la­tion.

“I thought we took the foot off the gas,” U.S. for­ward Brian O’neil told re­porters af­ter the game. “I thought the best part of the be­gin­ning of the game was that we were pur­su­ing pucks, hunt­ing pucks, putting (Slove­nia) in tough sit­u­a­tions. We kind of stopped do­ing that in the third pe­riod.”

U.S. 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. Clearly, both na­tions lost fo­cus against lesser foes.

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