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Olympic Quarterfinals: Feb. 19

Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 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 | Qualification, Feb. 18 | 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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With three teams featuring Carolina Hurricanes players playing in two quarterfinal games on Wednesday, it was inevitable that at least one would be sent home without a medal.

FIN 3, RUS 1 [Recap, Stats]: It was the Russian national team that struck first on the power play, but the Finns scored three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 victory that sends them into Friday’s semifinals. Tuomo Ruutu logged 18:47 of ice time, and opposite, Alexander Semin posted four shots on goal – including Russia’s best scoring chance of the second period as he was sprung on a quick rush, only to be denied by Tuukka Rask’s pad stack – in 13:53 of ice time. For Semin and the Russians, it’s a stinging defeat on friendly soil, as their tournament ends early. For Ruutu and Finland, they are at least guaranteed to be playing in a medal game.

USA 5, CZE 2 [Recap, Stats]: The United States punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic in a game that, despite being tied 1-1 early, was never really in doubt. Five different players scored for Team USA, including Phil Kessel who leads Olympic scoring with eight points (5g, 3a). Jonathan Quick made 21 saves, and Canes defenseman Justin Faulk was once again a healthy extra.

The schedule is now set for the last four games of the tournament: in Friday semifinal action, Ruutu and the Finns will face the Swedish national team at 7 a.m. (NBCSN), and the United States will take on Canada at noon (NBCSN) in a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game. The loser of each of these games will play for bronze on Saturday at 10 a.m. (NBCSN), and the winners will square off for gold on Sunday at 7 a.m. (NBC).

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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