With two teams featuring Carolina Hurricanes players in the semifinals of the men’s tournament, each were guaranteed at least a chance to play for a medal. Here’s how the two games shook out.
SWE 2, FIN 1 [Recap: http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013090027, Stats: http://www.sochi2014.com/en/ice-hockey-men-s-play-offs-semifinals]: Finland took a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Swedes added a pair before the end of the middle frame and did not relent their lead, winning 2-1. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for Team Sweden, who advances to Sunday’s gold medal game. Tuomo Ruutu registered a shot on goal and was a plus-1 in 15:28 of ice time. Ruutu and the Finns will play in Saturday’s bronze medal game, as he looks to make his medal count 11-for-11 in major international tournaments.
CAN 1, USA 0 [Recap: http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013090028, Stats: http://www.sochi2014.com/en/ice-hockey-men-s-play-offs-semifinals-02]: Jonathan Quick was great, as he made 36 saves on 37 shots to give the Americans a fighting chance. But Carey Price and the Canadian team defense were ultimately better, as much as it pains me to type that. Price posted a 31-save shutout, and the defense didn’t allow much at all between the circles en route to a 1-0 victory. Team Canada advances to the gold medal game with the victory, and Jamie Benn had the lone tally, a redirection as he skated through the slot. 21-year-old Justin Faulk made his Olympic debut for Team USA, skating in just 1:15 of ice time, all in the first period.
The stage is set for the medal round, and only one Hurricanes Olympian will return to Raleigh with hardware around his neck: Faulk and Team USA will face Ruutu and the Finns in the bronze medal game at 10 a.m. (NBCSN) on Saturday. Canada will challenge Sweden for the gold at 7 a.m. (NBC) on Sunday.
For a full list of Olympic ice hockey schedule and results, including individual player statistics, please click here: http://www.sochi2014.com/en/ice-hockey-schedule-and-results
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