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Olympic Semifinals: Feb. 21

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 3:10 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: Quarterfinals, Feb. 19 | 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 two teams featuring Carolina Hurricanes players in the semifinals of the men’s tournament, each were guaranteed at least a chance to play for a medal. Here’s how the two games shook out.

SWE 2, FIN 1 [Recap, Stats]: Finland took a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Swedes added a pair before the end of the middle frame and did not relent their lead, winning 2-1. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for Team Sweden, who advances to Sunday’s gold medal game. Tuomo Ruutu registered a shot on goal and was a plus-1 in 15:28 of ice time. Ruutu and the Finns will play in Saturday’s bronze medal game, as he looks to make his medal count 11-for-11 in major international tournaments.

CAN 1, USA 0 [Recap, Stats]: Jonathan Quick was great, as he made 36 saves on 37 shots to give the Americans a fighting chance. But Carey Price and the Canadian team defense were ultimately better, as much as it pains me to type that. Price posted a 31-save shutout, and the defense didn’t allow much at all between the circles en route to a 1-0 victory. Team Canada advances to the gold medal game with the victory, and Jamie Benn had the lone tally, a redirection as he skated through the slot. 21-year-old Justin Faulk made his Olympic debut for Team USA, skating in just 1:15 of ice time, all in the first period.

The stage is set for the medal round, and only one Hurricanes Olympian will return to Raleigh with hardware around his neck: Faulk and Team USA will face Ruutu and the Finns in the bronze medal game at 10 a.m. (NBCSN) on Saturday. Canada will challenge Sweden for the gold at 7 a.m. (NBC) on Sunday.

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 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 21 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 16 6 7 -6 13
J. Faulk 21 2 10 -9 12
J. Skinner 17 5 6 -4 11
J. Tlusty 21 8 2 -11 10
E. Lindholm 21 6 4 -4 10
N. Gerbe 17 2 6 2 8
A. Sekera 20 0 8 -4 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 21 3 2 -7 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 8 1 .907 2.61
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97