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Canes in Worlds Advance to Quarterfinals

Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 4:14 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Canes in Worlds Advance to Quarterfinals
The United States, Canada and Finland are all one step closer to capturing the gold medal in the 2012 World Championship.

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The three teams that contain members of the Carolina Hurricanes – Justin Faulk and Patrick Dwyer (USA); Cam Ward, Jeff Skinner and Kirk Muller (coach) (CAN); and Jussi Jokinen (FIN) – qualified for the quarterfinals within the Helsinki group.

To advance to the semifinals, Team USA will have to once again beat the hometown Team Finland. The American squad, which hasn’t medaled in this tournament since 2004, shut out the defending world champions 5-0 on Sunday in a commanding victory.

Faulk continued to be one of Team USA’s top players throughout the preliminary round. He scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, against Kazakhstan in the team’s 3-2 win. He finished the preliminary round with 7 points (4g, 3a), ranking first among Team USA defensemen and tied for third among all tournament blue-liners. His 4 goals and plus-8 rating paced Team USA and ranked tied for second among all tournament defensemen.

Dwyer wrapped up prelims with 3 points (1g, 2a) and a plus-2 rating. He scored Team USA's lone shorthanded goal and averaged 10:24 of ice time per game.

Scoring 32 goals in the preliminary round, Team USA averaged 4.57 goals per game, well surpassing expectations. The American squad saw balanced production across its four offensive lines and healthy contributions from the blue line; if this continues, the team could have a shot at medaling.

Ward started in five of Team Canada’s seven preliminary round games. Going 4-1, he recorded a 2.58 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

Skinner saw his tournament production dip a tad from last summer. This year, he totaled 4 points (2g, 2a) and a plus-4 rating in 15:56 of average ice time per game. The now-20-year-old forward scored a goal in Canada’s 5-3 win over Finland on Friday.

Team Canada finished the preliminary round atop the Helsinki group with a 6-0-1 record. Their plus-20 goal differential paced all tournament teams.

Team Finland’s offense got off to a slow start, as the team scored just two goals in its first two games – both wins, however. They scored 19 goals in their next five games, and Jokinen was a big factor in that resurgence, especially on the power play where he’d regularly set up shop at the top of the crease. He finished third on the team in scoring with 7 points (4g, 3a), and all four goals were scored on the man advantage.

All four quarterfinal match-ups will be aired live on NBC Sports Network beginning with the Canada-Slovakia game at 6 a.m. EST. USA and Finland face off at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Saturday, May 19 will feature semifinal action. In the semifinals, the winner of the 1v4 game meets the winner of the 2v3 game in the opposite group. For example, the winner of (2) USA vs. (3) Finland will face the winner of (1) Russia vs. (4) Norway. Likewise, the winner of (1) Canada vs. (4) Slovakia will face the winner of (2) Sweden vs. (3) Czech Republic.

The annual tournament will draw to a close on Sunday with the bronze and gold medal games. The gold medal game will be aired on tape delay on the NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. EST.


DATE MATCH-UP RESULT/TIME TV
MAY 17 QUARTERFINALS: SLOVAKIA vs. CANADA 4-3 NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 17 QUARTERFINALS: FINLAND vs. USA 3-2 NBC SPORTS NETWORK
MAY 19 SEMIFINALS: FINLAND vs. RUSSIA 2-6
MAY 20 BRONZE MEDAL GAME: FINLAND vs. CZECH REPUBLIC 2-3
MAY 20 GOLD MEDAL GAME: RUSSIA vs. SLOVAKIA 6-2 NBC SPORTS NETWORK*

All times listed in Eastern standard time.

Click here for preliminary round results.

* Game will be shown on tape-delay at 9 p.m.



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 60 11 28 -14 39
E. Staal 55 18 18 -9 36
E. Lindholm 59 11 16 -15 27
J. Skinner 55 16 9 -15 25
R. Nash 57 7 15 -8 22
N. Gerbe 56 7 14 -11 21
V. Rask 58 8 11 -16 19
J. McClement 60 4 12 1 16
J. Staal 24 4 11 -1 15
A. Semin 36 2 12 -8 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60