U.S., Russia fall in men’s hockey
Jan Mursak scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the winner in overtime as Slovenia stunned the United States, 3-2. Also, the favored Russians opened with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia.
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA » Jan Mursak scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the winner in overtime as Slovenia came back to stun the United States, 3-2.
Mursak, Slovenia’s only player with NHL experience, scored with goaltender Gasper Kroselj pulled for the extra attacker with 1:37 left in the third period and scored the winner 38 seconds into overtime.
Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway scored for the Americans.
It wasn’t the only surprise of the night, though the U.S., like all the other teams, is playing without NHL players for the first time since 1994. Across town, the favored Russians opened Olympic play with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia.
Shaun White has apologized after referring to a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016 as “gossip” during a news conference following his historic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe.
White issued the apology on NBC’s “Today” show on Feb. 14. He said he used “a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject” and he’s “truly sorry.”
The snowboarder’s postgold news conference got contentious when reporters questioned him about the lawsuit. Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in his band, claimed in the lawsuit White sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and refused to pay her after she was fired. The suit was settled last spring.
White was asked if the allegations might tarnish his reputation.
“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”
Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing event director Nick Alexakos shut them down.