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Olympic Qualification Round: Feb. 18

Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 2:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Olympic Qualification Round: Feb. 18
Semin and Russia advance to the quarterfinals to face Ruutu and Finland, while Sekera and Slovakia fall to the Czech Republic.
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 | Prelims, Feb. 16 | Prelims, Feb. 14-15 | Prelims, Feb. 13 | Related Links: Olympic Viewing Guide | Printable Broadcast Schedule | Full Schedule, Results & Stats



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The two teams featuring Carolina Hurricanes players were in action on Tuesday, vying for quarterfinal berths.

RUS 4, NOR 0 [Recap, Stats]: Though the Russians prevailed 4-0, the game was much closer than the score indicates. Scoreless after one and 2-0 in favor of Team Russia after two, the host country added two late goals (one an empty-netter) in the third period to seal their trip to the quarterfinal. Separated from Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Semin registered two shots on goal in 13:10 of ice time.

CZE 5, SVK 3 [Recap, Stats]: Andrej Sekera’s Olympic run is over, as Slovakia fell 4-3 to the Czech Republic in a game that seemed out of reach and suddenly wasn’t. The Czechs held a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the third period, but the Slovaks netted two quick goals in the first 10 minutes of the third to cut the deficit to just a goal. They couldn’t find the equalizer, however, as Tomas Plekanec scored a late empty-netter and Ondrej Pavalec made 29 saves for the Czech Republic. Sekera finished with two assists in 23:13 of ice time. In the tournament, the 27-year-old blue-liner averaged just over 24 minutes of ice time, had seven shots on goal and was a minus-1 (on a team that had a minus-11 goal differential).

The quarterfinals are up next on Wednesday, and the Canes will not see a repeat of 2010, when all four Olympians (playing for three different teams) came home with medals. Semin and the Russian national team will face Tuomo Ruutu and Team Finland on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN). The Czech Republic will take on Team USA at noon (USA). As always, we’ll have quick recaps and applicable links available here on Wednesday afternoon.

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



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 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