With the round robin play ending today, three of the Carolina Hurricanes Olympians were in action, while Justin Faulk was scratched for the third straight game.
A day after losing to the United States in a shootout, Russia was able to flip the script and earn a 1-0 win in the shootout against Slovakia. Obviously no players recorded a point in the game, but Semin had one shot through the 65 minutes of play.
The Russians finish with a 1-0-1-1 record, one regulation win, one overtime/shootout win and one overtime/shootout loss, giving the team five points, which means the team will not receive a bye into the quarterfinals and will have to play four games to win the gold medal. They play Norway in the first round on Tuesday.
Things went much better for Slovakia and Sekera today against Russia, but the team still did not record a win. Sekera had one shot in the game, while the Slovaks played an impressive, rough game against the Russians to slow down their scoring prowess.
Sekera and Zdeno Chara did a nice job of slowing down the Russians top line and taking the game to the shootout.
Slovakia finishes with one point in round robin play and will play the Czech Republic in the qualification round.
Ruutu continued his impressive Olympics with Finland’s lone goal against Canada. However, the team fell 2-1 in overtime. Ruutu now has four points in three games.
Finland will still receive a bye after earning seven points through round robin play.
Faulk was yet another victim of the numbers as he sat out the U.S.’s last round-robin game. I believed that if Faulk was going to play, it would be in this one. Now, I don’t think we’ll see the defenseman in the Olympics.
With three wins and a combined 15-4 score, there’s no reason for coach Dan Bylsma to change up the lineup.