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Ward Makes Epic Paddle Save To Preserve Shutout

Ward Makes Epic Paddle Save To Preserve Shutout

When Eddie Lack was acquired (and subsequently signed) by the Carolina Hurricanes, many expected Cam Ward to lose his starting job. Surprisingly, they have stuck with the veteran early in the season, starting him in five of their first six games. That decision finally paid off on Wednesday night.

Ward outduelled Semyon Varlamov in a tight 1-0 overtime victory in Colorado, making 26 stops for his 22nd career shutout.

The big moment came with 3:45 left in the third period when the game was still tied 0-0. Matt Duchene received a pass from Jarome Iginla, carried the puck through the slot, walked around two Hurricanes’ defencemen, and lifted a shot on goal.



Ward is known to have made a few paddle saves like this over the course of his career, but this one may top the list.

Side note: Does anyone know why both Carolina defencemen decided to lay out in front of the crease at the same time? Talk about hanging your goalie out to dry…

Victor Rask would eventually score the game winner during the three-on-three overtime period, ensuring that this save and performance did not go to waste.

Despite this excellent game, Ward has scuffled a bit to start the season. In his five starts, he is 2-3-0, with a .895 save percentage and 2.62 goals-against-average – and that’s including the shutout on Wednesday night.

Watch a full video of the save below.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.