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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
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 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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