Russian gold-medal favorites lose opening game to Slovakia

  • Peter Ceresnak (14), of Slovakia, reacts after scoring a goal against the team from Russia during the third period of the preliminary round of the men’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The latest iteration of the Russian Red Machine started its Olympic hockey tournament against Slovakia on Wednesday and lost 3-2.