Olympic Qualification Round: Feb. 18
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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.
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