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Ward is NHL's Third Star of the Week

Monday, 01.5.2009 / 12:37 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Ward is NHL\'s Third Star of the Week
With a perfect 3-0-0 record, a 1.33 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage, the NHL named Cam Ward as it’s third star of the week this morning.

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It was the continuation of a great run of games for Ward, who has started eight of the team’s last nine games since being sidelined by a groin injury in early December.  In that span, Ward has posted a 6-2-1 record.

“It is a nice honor, but the more important thing is that our overall team is playing a lot better,” said Ward.  “Now we’re putting up some wins here, so hopefully we can continue going down the same road that we’re going right now.”

Any goaltender will tell you that a nice run of games helps to settle into a groove, as has always been the case with Ward.  He’s rewarded the team’s confidence in him with one of the most consistent stretches of play he’s had since he assumed the starting goaltender role at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

“Obviously you want to be the guy in the net, and I’m getting the opportunity,” he said.  “I feel pretty confident and am playing with a bit more consistency on a night-to-night basis, but again that’s a reflection of the team.  They’re playing a lot better defensively in front of me and are making it a lot easier on myself.”

For the most part the Canes have played much better defensively – they’ve allowed fewer than 25 shots in four of their last six games – but Ward has managed to bail the team out even during lapses where that hasn’t been the case, such as during the road win in Atlanta on December 26.

“He’s seen a bunch of different kind of looks from our team,” said coach Paul Maurice.  “We’ve been real stingy like we were in the second and third periods of the Tampa game, and we’ve had games really where we weren’t.  We’re trying to put him in a position to be a difference for us, because he’s good enough to give us a chance for a good, positive outcome.”


 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74