The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, 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.
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. United States of America clearly chose to nap out there today and that cost them big time. All four have significant global experience, but Terry is probably the most recognizable name as he was the hero who scored the shootout-winning goal in the gold medal game at last year's World Junior Championships.
It is the first Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament in 24 years without NHL players. The other two members of Group B are Slovakia and Slovenia, the United States' first opponent.
Russia, by the way, might have not only lose the game but a player for at least a game - Per IIHF source Nikita Nesterov's hit in the 1st period will be reviewed by disciplinary committee.
Brian Gionta, from Rochester, serves as team captain and is the only returning Olympian. Brian O'Neill gave team U.S. a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period off a nice assist from Roe Garrett from behind the net.
Only once has a team other than the US or Canada made the Olympic or Worlds title games. In four cases, players were pulled from their NCAA teams and classes to compete for their country, hearkening to the most famous of U.S. Olympic triumphs: the 1980 "Miracle on Ice". O'Neill has two points. Initial shot by Bobby Sanguinetti.
Former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller dies age 36
While he made just 22 appearances for United, he went on to enjoy successful spells in England with Leeds and Sunderland. Leeds added a video of Miller scoring the victor in a dramatic 4-3 victory over Southampton in 2005.
USA goalie Brandon Maxwell, Jordan Greenway, left, and Ryan Donato, right.
Despite the loss, the race for gold is still wide open.
Slovenia took just three shots in the first period but continued to create more chances for itself as the game progressed.
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 United States of America a 1-0 lead.
Bobby Sanguinetti reacts after Slovenia scores the game-tying goal against the United States at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. James Wisniewski goes off for high-sticking and we're four aside. The Americans outshot Slovenia 11-3 in the first period.