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Olympic Preliminary Round: Feb. 13

Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 9:45 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Olympic Preliminary Round: Feb. 13
Each of the four teams featuring Canes players were in action on Thursday.
CarolinaHurricanes.com is providing complete coverage of the four Canes players participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Player Features: Justin Faulk | Andrej Sekera | Tuomo Ruutu | Alexander Semin | Game Recaps: Semifinals, Feb. 21 | Quarterfinals, Feb. 19 | Qualification, Feb. 18 | Prelims, Feb. 16 | Prelims, Feb. 14-15 | Related Links: Olympic Viewing Guide | Printable Broadcast Schedule | Full Schedule, Results & Stats



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All four teams involving Carolina Hurricanes Olympians were involved in first-game action on Thursday.

FIN 8, AUT 4 [Recap, Stats]: Tuomo Ruutu and Finland were involved in a wild 8-4 victory over Austria. Tukka Rask surrendered four goals on 20 shots, but Finland fired 52 shots on Bernhard Starkbaum, scoring a touchdown and the two-point conversion. Ruutu, who we will profile on our site on Friday, posted an assist in 14:59 of ice time for the Finns.

RUS 5, SLO 2 [Recap, Stats]: The host country's national team took on a Slovenia team that hung tough for much of the game. Alexander Semin posted an assist in Team Russia’s 5-2 victory, as he nicely sprung Evgeni Malkin on a two-on-one. Alexander Ovechkin then finished with a snap shot that no one was stopping. Semin, who we will profile on our site on Sunday, finished with a plus-2 rating.

USA 7, SVK 1 [Recap, Stats]: Finally (and most importantly, because #America), Team USA faced Slovakia in what was supposed to be the first Canes-centric head-to-head match-up. Though Andrej Sekera (Olympic profile) was a first-pairing defenseman for the Slovaks, Justin Faulk (Olympic profile) was the healthy extra for the Americans. Team USA led 1-0 after a period, but a touchdown’s worth of goals in the second period alone propelled them to a big 7-1 victory. Quite amazingly, Sekera skated a team-high 19:08 yet was still even in plus/minus.

Upcoming will be Finland vs. Norway on Friday at noon (MSNBC), followed by Slovakia vs. Slovenia on Saturday at 3 a.m. (MSNBC) and USA vs. Russia at 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN). A full, printable broadcast schedule plus much more information and goodies can be found in our Olympic viewing guide. We’ll have a similar wrap-up available on Saturday recapping the second game for each of the four teams featuring Canes skaters.

For a full list of Olympic ice hockey schedule and results, including individual player statistics, please click here.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61