When the U.S. filled its roster out for the World Cup of Hockey, the players on it looked to by full of physicality and grit, but light in scoring and skill.
That reality hit home in its opener against Europe, when the Europeans shutout the Americans 3-0 on Saturday.
The U.S. had Kyle Palmieri a 30-goal NHL scorer and Dustin Byfuglien an offense-minded defenseman missing due to injury. The team struggled in generating any quality chances on net and is already in big trouble after just one game of the tournament.
Zach Parise a winger for the U.S. said it was difficult to score. One reason was Jaroslav Halak the Team Europe goalie who stopped each of the 35 shots fired at him.
Team Europe consists of a mix of hockey players from Switzerland, Slovakia, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Frances, Norway and Austria.
The three Team Europe goals were scored against Jonathan Quick the U.S. goaltender who had 14 saves in 17 shots on goal against him.
Despite a shot total that was very lopsided in favor of the U.S. due to such a high amount of time of possession, Team Europe controlled most of the game due to U.S. team mistakes.
Ryan McDonagh a defenseman for the U.S. made a bad passed that set Team Europe up with a 2 on 1 rush that ended in a goal.
Patrick Kane also turned over the puck to give a 2 on 0 rush to Europe that ended in another Europe goal.
Kane called his error unacceptable and said he and his teammates must put the loss behind them and move forward.
Justin Abdelkader a forward for Detroit played 11:52 of the game and ended minus-1 for the United States, while Ryan Kesler was minus-1 in his 15:36 played.
Frans Nielsen a new Detroit Red Wing assisted on the first Team Europe goal.
The U.S. now must regroup after being shutout for three straight major tournament games that date back to the Sochi Olympics of 2014.
Leaving off skilled players such as Kyle Okposo and Tyler Johnson from the U.S. roster sparked a number of doubts by fans of the management team for the U.S. and that will not slow down following their opening game loss to Europe.