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Olympic Preliminary Round: Feb. 16

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 2:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Olympic Preliminary Round: Feb. 16
All four teams featuring Canes players skated in their third and final preliminary round game on Sunday.
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. 14-15 | Prelims, Feb. 13 | Related Links: Olympic Viewing Guide | Printable Broadcast Schedule | Full Schedule, Results & Stats



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All four teams featuring Carolina Hurricanes players played their final respective preliminary round games on Sunday.

USA 5, SLO 1 [Recap, Stats]: Team USA jumped out to an early lead on Slovenia and didn’t look back. Phil Kessel posted a natural hat trick, scoring the first three goals of the game for the Americans. Ryan Miller’s shutout bid was squashed late, but the U.S. still earned a 5-1 victory over Slovenia. Justin Faulk was a scratch for the third straight game. Team USA won Group A in preliminary round play, earning them a bye to the quarterfinals where they await the winner of Czech Republic vs. Slovakia in the qualification round.

RUS 1, SVK 0 (SO) [Recap, Stats]: Andrej Sekera and the Slovaks fell 1-0 to the Russian national team in a game that took a shootout to decide a winner. Jan Laco made 36 saves in net for Slovakia, but Russia netted twice in the shootout to claim victory. Sekera played a team-high 26:09 in regulation, this after he skated a team-high 26:30 against Slovenia just yesterday; Zdeno Chara ultimately led the Slovaks in ice time with 27:39, and Sekera ranked second with 27:29. Both of these teams will now have to play in the qualification round to advance to the quarterfinals.

CAN 2, FIN 1 (OT) [Recap, Stats]: On his 31st birthday, Tuomo Ruutu netted a goal for Team Finland, beautifully redirecting an Olli Maatta point shot. He also laid out Canadian captain Sidney Crosby in the corner on his first shift. It was a solid game in what has been a solid tournament for Ruutu, but Team Canada ultimately prevailed in overtime, via Drew Doughty’s second goal of the contest. Both teams have earned byes to the quarterfinals; Canada awaits the winner of Switzerland vs. Latvia, and Finland will play the winner of Russia vs. Norway.

Qualification round play is up next on Tuesday. Russia (Semin) will face Norway, and Slovakia (Sekera) will face the Czech Republic. Team USA (Faulk) and Finland (Ruutu) will be in action on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. As has been the case in the preliminary round, we’ll have quick recaps of Canes-centric games moving forward into the elimination rounds.

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



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60