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Canes in Worlds Advance to Quarterfinals

Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 4:14 PM ET / 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.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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