A shot by Ryan Donato of the United States flies past Czech goalie Pavel Francouz during the first period.
"It's like having a home run derby after nine innings of baseball", one man complained.
"In 10 or 15 years, when we're done playing, it's something we'll look back on as probably the best moment of our careers", Zapolski said.
But after a disappointing loss to the Czech Republic, U.S. coach Tony Granato and his team were not making any apologies for their play in this Olympic tournament and they weren't looking to make any excuses either. "We were the lucky team".
Zapolski finished the game with 26 saves in regulation and overtime. "Every one of them should be very proud because they represented us the way we wanted to be represented".
Koukal was the only player to score in overtime. "But those were the rules and we knew those rules coming in".
Brian O'Neill (9) and Garrett Roe (11) hang their heads as the United States team was bounced from the Olympics with a shootout loss to the Czech Republic.
"They might be the best team in the world right now", Granato said of the Russians.
Zapolski, told the Associated Press: "It's tough to kind of go that way I think to end an Olympic tournament. We haven't had any easy games. that has made us stronger".
"We couldn't get the bounces", Donato said.
The Czechs tied it at 1 at 15:12 after 39-year-old USA captain - and natural winger - Brian Gionta lost the faceoff clean and Jan Kolar got it back to Kovar, who beat Zapolski from long range with a screen in front for the kind of goal that been common at this tournament.
Ryan Donato added another goal for the Americans, while Jim Slater scored the final goal of regulation in the second period, which ultimately forced overtime after a stalemate in the third.
After playing to a 2-2 tie in regulation and a scoreless overtime, the two teams went to a shootout for a spot in the semifinals.
In regulation, Terry skated around opponents as he had done all tournament, and 6:20 in gave the US a 1-0 lead.
"It's a huge disappointment because we were right there", U.S. captain Brian Gionta said.
The U.S. faltered utterly in the shootout against Czech goalie Pavel Francouz, and Petr Koukal scored the only goal the Czechs needed.
Donato gave the USA a 1-0 lead when his wrister beat Francouz at 6:20 of the first period.
But this time, deprived of the skills of American NHL stars like Oshie, the Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews and the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, the US team was instead forced to rely on veterans from second-tier leagues and a handful of college stars.
"We'll be disappointed but I thought we battled hard and we left everything we had out there". On the power play and at even strength, the Czechs tilted the ice on the Americans and hemmed them in the zone, scoring a predictable goal from Kundratek at 8:14 to go up 2-1. What he's really anxious about is can they win this period and win this game.