Only one Carolina Hurricane player made an appearance in the four Olympic games scheduled today in Sochi, but it was a successful outing for Tuomo Ruutu.
A day after recording an assist in Finland’s 8-4 win over Austria, Ruutu added two more helpers in Finland’s 6-1 win over Norway. The 30-year-old had his first helper on the team’s third goal of the game when Phoenix Coyote’s forward Lauri Korpikoski scored.
Ruutu then earned his third point of the tournament more than three minutes later on Winnipeg Jets’ center Olli Jokinen‘s goal for Finland’s fourth of the game. Both assists were secondaries. Former Cane Jussi Jokinen did not record a point, but had three shots-on-goal.
Team Finland has seen some early success – especially in the scoring department with 14 goals in two games, but against teams that didn’t have a chance at a medal in Austria and Norway. On Sunday, the team will face its first challenge, and the toughest in the competition in Team Canada.]
Ruutu has helped the scoring so far and the team will need even more from him when Finland plays its final game of the round-robin schedule.
Alexander Semin and Team Russia play the U.S. tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. Justin Faulk could be in the lineup after being a scratch in the game on Thursday. Andrej Sekera faceswhat figures to be a much easier task then last game in Slovenia at 3 a.m.