The Carolina Hurricanes had three players in Olympic action today and one scratched. Here’s how the day went for each of them:
Things didn’t go well for Team Slovakia or Sekera today as the team ran into a surprising American team that was hungry on the puck and good in all areas of the ice. A six-goal second period led the U.S. to a 7-1 win.
Sekera was paired with Zdeno Chara and tasked with playing a large portion of the game. However, the Americans did a nice job of spreading talent around on all four lines, making Sekera and Chara’s matchups less important.
When the former Sabre plays Slovenia and Russia, the matchups will be more clear for Sekera as him and Chara will play against Anze Kopitar‘s line and Russia’s top line of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Hurricane Alexander Semin.
Sekera finished the game even, but was on the ice for a powerplay goal from the US.
Things went much better for Ruutu and Team Finland then it did for Sekera and Slovakia. Finland fell behind 2-1 in the first, but scored five straight goals to win the game by an eventual 8-4 score.
Another former Hurricane, Andreas Nodl suited up for Austria, but did not record a point.
Finland plays Norway tomorrow at noon in the team’s second game.
Russia had a surprisingly tough time against Slovenia, whose only NHLer is Anze Kopitar, winning, 5-2. Slovenia trailed by one goal three times in the game, but could never tie it.
Semin had an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s first goal of the game. If you watch one of Russia’s games and don’t recognize Semin out there, it’s because his Russian last name is on his sweater. Look for Syomin instead of Semin.
Team Russia plays the U.S. on Saturday at 7 a.m.
The defenseman was a scratch for the U.S. today and after the team’s big win over Slovakia, it’s unlikely any major changes would be made to the lineup in the team’s biggest round robin challenge in Russia.
However, Faulk may see a game in U.S.’s final game of the round robin against Slovenia on Sunday.