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Olympic Preliminary Round: Feb. 13

Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 9:45 AM ET / 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.