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Olympic Qualification Round: Feb. 18

Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 2:30 PM ET / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60