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Olympic Qualification Round: Feb. 18

Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 2:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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