Healthy Ward Back in Action
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“After I got some treatment and some medication I was able to go out on the ice,” said Ward, who later participated in the final red/white scrimmage at the Canadian camp. “I felt great out there.”
The Canes' starting goaltender was part of a stacked group at Monday's RecZone scrimmage, as his unit headined by Eric Staal, Erik Cole, Ray Whitney and Rod Brind'Amour appeared to get the better of the red team, which was led by Chad LaRose and Scott Walker.
"I picked the right team today," said Ward.
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“It was pretty stressful going in because I wasn’t sure if I would participate,” he said. “There was no point in going out there at 80 percent and getting lit up by some great players. I wanted to make sure that I was healthy.”
Ward played in the second period of Canada's scrimmage as time was divided as equally as possible among the five goaltenders in camp. Despite the relatively relaxed feel that the exhibition provided (think All-Star Game), the contest ended in a surprisingly low-scoring 2-2 tie – a credit to the goaltenders, no doubt.
“It wasn’t for a lack of opportunities, because the game was as wide-open as you might have expected,” said Ward.
The goaltending corps at Canada’s camp also consisted of Martin Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury, Roberto Luongo and Steve Mason, with three expected to make the final roster. Although it’s early in the process and the eventual selection process will have more to do with the opening months of the regular season than it will with the camp, Ward feels good about his chances thus far.
“I felt comfortable out there, and there’s a reason you get invited in the first place,” he said.