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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 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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81