Carolina Hurricanes Olympic Update – February 15


The Carolina Hurricanes had two players in action today, while Justin Faulk was scratched again by the Americans. Here’s how the players did:

Andrej Sekera

If you thought Sekera’s game against the U.S. was bad, you may want to skip this section. Team Slovakia lost to Slovenia, 3-1 today. Slovenia was not expected to record a win in the tournament, let alone against a decent team like the Slovaks.

But that wasn’t the worst part. Sekera turned the puck over behind the net on Slovenia’s first goal and then was on the ice for the third when Anze Kopitar schooled the Slovkian’s defense to put in the insurance point.

Obviously it’s not all Sekera’s fault and in round robin, record doesn’t mean as much, unless if you’re trying to earn a bye, but things will have to turn around for the team by the start of the playoffs.

Alexander Semin

Semin and Team Russia played an exhilarating game against Team USA this morning, and if you haven’t watched the shootout yet, you should really get on that. Here’s the link to watch it.

Semin and the top line of Evegni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin were up against the U.S.’s checking line with David Backes and the pairing of Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik all game, so getting offense was not simple. The team ended up losing 3-2.

Russia plays Slovakia tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. in both team’s last round robin game.

Justin Faulk

Faulk sat out a second game in a row and the Americans won again. However, it was a long, tough game and with what should be an easier opponent in Slovenia tomorrow, Faulk may get his first chance at Olympic ice. The game starts at 7:30 a.m.

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