RALEIGH, NC – Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was named today the National Hockey League’s Second Star of the week, after going 3-0-0 with wins over the San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens, and Winnipeg Jets, to help the Carolina Hurricanes(7-6-4, 18 points) win four straight games, and to go 4-1 on their most recent homestand at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Joining Ward as the NHL’s three stars of the week were Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals(third star), and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings(First Star).
In the Hurricanes home win on Tuesday against San Jose, Ward notched his first shutout of the season, making 22 saves in Carolina’s 1-0 win over the Sharks, and he would follow that up with a 32-save outing in Friday’s game against Montreal, in which the Canes won 3-2, before making 28 saves on just 29 shots in last night’s win 3-1 win over Winnipeg. For the week, Ward, 32, would have a goals-against average of 1.01 and a .964 save percentage.
The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was selected by the Hurricanes in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, and is 6-4-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average this season, and since the start of November, Ward has posted a 1.59 goals-against average and a.944 save percentage, while going 5-1-2 in November.
The Hurricanes will hit the road for a three-game road trip which starts in Toronto tomorrow night as they face the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).