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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72