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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.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62