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Faulk Excelling on International Stage and Other World Championship Updates

Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 9:20 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
For the second year in a row, the Carolina Hurricanes have a young player excelling on the international stage after just one season in the National Hockey League.

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Last year it was Jeff Skinner. Though his production ultimately dropped off, Skinner quickly jumped out to the scoring lead among World Championship participants with 5 points (3g, 2a) in just two games in the summer of 2011.

This year, it’s 20-year-old defenseman Justin Faulk, who is the youngest player on the American squad.

Through Tuesday’s games, Faulk ranks tied for first among all tournament defensemen in points with 4 (1g, 3a). In three games, he is a plus-4, ranking tied for second among all tournament players. He’s averaging 19:45 of ice time per game, just about three minutes shy of his average from the 2011-12 season.

Faulk’s first-period goal on Monday – a point blast that’s not unfamiliar to those who’ve followed his play this season – brought the United States within a goal of Slovakia, though they ultimately dropped the game 4-2. He racked up all three of his assists in Team USA’s 7-2 victory over France.

The Hurricanes also have four other representatives playing in the tournament, and here’s what they’ve done through five days of preliminary action:

A first-time Team USA member, Patrick Dwyer may only be averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time per game, but he is contributing in a big way. Before Tuesday, he had scored the tournament’s only shorthanded goal, a wrap-around that he was able to stuff under Hurricanes' teammate Cam Ward's right pad. Dwyer added an assist that game and is plus-1 in the tournament.

Ward is 1-1 in two starts for Team Canada. He’s made 60 saves on 67 shots (.895 save percentage), and he faced 46 shots in Saturday’s game against Team USA alone.

Skinner leads Team Canada in shots with 15. He’s recorded one goal in three games, the lone tally coming against Team USA in which his wrist shot from the right circle smoked past Jimmy Howard.

An alternate captain for Team Finland, Jussi Jokinen recorded his first points of the tournament on Tuesday against Switzerland, as he assisted on two goals en route to his team’s 5-2 win over the Swiss. Jokinen ranks second on the Finnish squad with 10 shots on goal through three games.

Team Canada will face off with the Swiss National Team at 1:15 p.m. EST on Wednesday. Team USA’s next tilt is at 9:15 a.m. EST on Thursday against Belarus. That game, and all the other U.S. games, can be seen live on NBC Sports Network. Team Finland will play the French National Team at 1:15 p.m. EST on Thursday.

Preliminary round play will wrap up on Tuesday, May 15. Quarterfinal play takes place on May 17, followed by the semifinals two days later. The bronze and gold medal games take place on Sunday, May 20. Regardless of whether Team USA is in the semifinals or the medal games, NBC Sports Network will air at least once semifinal game, the bronze medal game and the gold match-up (on tape delay).

As we continue to keep you up to speed on all the happenings across the pond, stay plugged in with our Twitter accounts and keep an eye out for another update around this time next week as the preliminary round wraps up.


DATE MATCH-UP RESULT/TIME TV
MAY 4 USA vs. FRANCE 7-2 NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 4 CANADA vs. SLOVAKIA 3-2
MAY 4 BELARUS vs. FINLAND 0-1
MAY 5 CANADA vs. USA 4-5 (OT) NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 6 FINLAND vs. SLOVAKIA 1-0
MAY 7 FRANCE vs. CANADA 2-7
MAY 7 USA vs. SLOVAKIA 2-4 NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 8 FINLAND vs. SWITZERLAND 5-2
MAY 9 CANADA vs. SWITZERLAND 3-2
MAY 10 USA vs. BELARUS 5-3 NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 10 FRANCE vs. FINLAND 1-7
MAY 11 KAZAKHSTAN vs. USA 2-3 (OT) NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 11 FINLAND vs. CANADA 3-5
MAY 12 KAZAKHSTAN vs. CANADA 0-8
MAY 13 FINLAND vs. USA 0-5 NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 14 KAZAKHSTAN vs. FINLAND 1-4
MAY 15 CANADA vs. BELARUS 5-1
MAY 15 USA vs. SWITZERLAND 5-2 NBC SPORTS NETWORK

All times listed in Eastern standard time.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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