Three wins. One shutout. 1.01 goals-against average. .964 save percentage. That’s pretty darn good, and it was good enough to earn goaltender Cam Ward second star honors from the NHL for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 21.
Perhaps more importantly, Ward’s stellar performance in net helped earn the Carolina Hurricanes four straight wins during their recent home stand, bumped their season record above .500 for the first time, and propelled them back into relevance during a critical juncture of the season.
Ward joins L.A. Kings Jeff Carter (first star) and Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom (third star) in receiving this week’s honors.
RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League announced on Monday that Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward has been selected as the league's second star of the week.
Ward, 32, went 3-0-0 during the week with victories against the San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets. The Saskatoon, Sask., native made 22 saves against the Sharks on Tuesday for his first shutout of the season. He followed that up with a 32-save performance against the Canadiens on Friday before stopping 28-of-29 shots against Winnipeg on Sunday. For the week, Ward registered a 1.01 goals-against average and .964 save percentage.
The Hurricanes' first-round selection, 25th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Ward is 6-4-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average this season. Since the start of November, Ward (6'1", 185 lbs.) has gone 5-1-2, posting a 1.59 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.