The last Olympic game featuring Carolina Hurricanes players was played today as Finland defeated the U.S., 5-0, to win the bronze medal. Check out how Justin Faulk and Tuomo Ruutu did.
Even though it was not a good effort by the Americans in this one, Faulk was able to get some more playing minutes, not that that’s saying much. In Friday’s game against Canada, the defenseman only played 1:15, all in the first period. Today, he played over four minutes, which still isn’t that much.
Faulk looked fine in the minutes he did play, making some smart offensive choices, but it’s also difficult to assess him with such little time played.
I know we all wanted to see Faulk more, but the Americans had a lot of depth on defense and with seven defensemen dressed, one would need to sit for a good portion of the game. If NHLers are back at the 2018 Winter Olympics – and that’s a big if – expect Faulk to be on the team again and play a much bigger role.
Ruutu and the rest of the Finland team were rewarded with a strong tournament with a bronze medal today, and the team was totally deserving of it. The Canes winger had another strong game providing some grit and toughness, while also playing on the power-play. He also recorded an assist on Juuso Heitanen’s goal.
The 30-year-old finishes the tournament with one goal and four assists for five points. Ruutu easily had the most impressive Olympics of the four Hurricanes representatives and hopefully the success he had will continue into the NHL season.