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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81