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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, 04.1.2009 / 2:51 PM ET / 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 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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