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Ward is NHL's Third Star of the Week

Monday, 01.05.2009 / 12:37 PM / 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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
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14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45