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Olympic Semifinals: Feb. 21

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 3:10 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Olympic Semifinals: Feb. 21
Justin Faulk and Team USA will face Tuomo Ruutu and Team Finland for the bronze medal on Saturday.
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.