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Cam Ward Named NHL First Star of the Month

Goaltender becomes the third franchise player to receive player-of-the-month honors

Wednesday, 04.01.2009 / 2:51 PM / News
By Ken Preston
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Cam Ward Named NHL First Star of the Month

RALEIGH, NC—The National Hockey League today named Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward the league’s first star of the month for March 2009.

Ward, 25, posted a 10-1-2 record, a 1.98 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage, as he started and finished each of the team’s 13 games in March. He allowed two goals or fewer in nine of those games, and recorded 30-or-more saves in six of those games. Ward’s month was highlighted by a 41-save performance in Carolina’s 4-2 win against New Jersey on March 18, and a 28-save shutout of the New York Rangers on March 9.

Ward’s play has helped to move the Hurricanes within seven points of clinching the team’s first playoff berth since it captured the Stanley Cup in 2006. His current 24-game consecutive starts streak is the longest of his NHL career, and he has posted a 16-6-2 record, a 2.31 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and two shutouts in that span. Through games of March 31, Ward ranks third among NHL goaltenders with 36 wins and tied for eighth with five shutouts.

This marks just the second time a Carolina Hurricanes player has been named the league’s player of the month since the franchise relocated in 1997. Center Eric Staal was named the league’s offensive player of the month for October 2005, which was the first time that a player from the Carolina franchise had receive league player-of-the-month honors since Mike Rogers in December 1980.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61