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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72