FINAL
CAR
4
TOR
1
FINAL
DAL
3
COL
2
FINAL
MIN
1
PHX
2
FINAL OT
VAN
3
EDM
2
FINAL
SJS
1
ANA
2
CAR
19-25-4
TOR
26-17-5

39 SOG
42 SOG

Ward makes 41 saves in Canes' 4-1 win

Neil Acharya  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

TORONTO – After a tough start to the season, Cam Ward found his game Monday night.

The former Conn Smythe winner stopped 41 of 42 shots -- including great saves in the third period on Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak – as the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Justin Faulk and Patrick Dwyer all scored for Carolina, while Jeff Skinner chipped in with three assists.

"I want to get my game back to where it needs to be as quick as possible," said Ward, who was the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2006. "I really wanted to play well and show the team that I am doing what I can. Tonight was fun, I just felt like I was a lot more relaxed."

Ward entered the game with a 1-3 record and a 4.05 goals-against average, but rebounded in a big way Monday night to earn his second win of the season.

"It was the layoff. I was doing what I can to stay in shape (during the work stoppage) and stay in form by skating with the guys in Raleigh, but it's tough when you haven't faced a game situation for so long."

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller felt that it was a statement game for his goaltender.

"He got challenged earlier and he was firing his belly and wanting to prove something to me," Muller said. "It was great because he is an elite goaltender and when he plays like tonight, he is one of the top (goalies) in the game."

James Reimer stopped 35 of 39 shots for the Maple Leafs, who went 0-for-5 on the power play.

With the Hurricanes up 2-1 entering the final period, Faulk put the visitors up by a pair just 43 seconds in – scoring his second goal of the season on a 5-on-3. Dwyer sealed the victory at 9:58 on a wrist shot from the slot. It was Dwyer's third of the season and second point of the night.

After being outshot in the first period 18-12, Carolina rallied together and picked up the slack offensively over the next 40 minutes.

The Maple Leafs got caught on a defensive miscue early in the second period, when Jordan Staal scored his first goal as a member of the Hurricanes at 1:21. Dwyer drew several opposing players towards him before sending the puck to the front of the net, where Staal was left all alone and he easily beat Reimer with a quick move to the backhand.

Midway through the period, Jordan's older brother, Eric, lit the lamp. With Maple Leafs forward Jay McClement in the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct, the Hurricanes' captain banked the puck in from the side of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

"No question we want to get [the power play] going and sometimes you need to catch a break," said Staal of his eventual game-winning goal. "We had some unfortunate plays in the first where we fanned on some pucks. They were coming hard and aggressive, and Cam Ward did a good job of keeping it at 1-0 and we wanted to respond coming into the second period."

The Hurricanes had gone 1-for-16 with the man-advantage over the past three games. They finished 2-for-4 against Toronto.

In a momentum-shifting play, Tyler Bozak thought he had tied the game at 18:44 of the second. But after review, it was ruled that he had kicked in a redirection attempt off a shot from Michael Kostka.

"It was kind of a deflating moment," Bozak said. "We took a couple of penalties right after that and whenever a team has a 5-on-3 with the skilled players they have, it's going to be tough to keep it out of the net. That was a big turning point in the game, for sure."

"As it happened, I knew it went off the skate," Ward said. "Obviously, I like the call that was made, but it could have gone either way."

Matt Frattin's team-leading fifth goal gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead just 5:44 into the game. Frattin pounced on a rebound that defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti misplayed in front of Ward. Nazem Kadri took the initial shot, shoveling the puck on goal after fanning on his first attempt.

Clarke MacArthur rejoined the Maple Leafs after missing three games with a lacerated finger. He had four shots on goal in just over 15:34 of ice time. Phil Kessel also had four shots, but has yet to score this season.

1st2nd3rdT
CAR
TOR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:44TOR Matt Frattin (5) Snap shot - ASST: Nazem Kadri (5), Leo Komarov (2) 1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
01:21CAR Jordan Staal (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (1), Jeff Skinner (2) 1 - 1 Tie
10:21CAR PPG - Eric Staal (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Jiri Tlusty (2), Tim Brent (1) 2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
00:43CAR PPG - Justin Faulk (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Skinner (3), Alexander Semin (5) 3 - 1 CAR
09:58CAR Patrick Dwyer (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (7), Jeff Skinner (4) 4 - 1 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Cam Ward
1st
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 27-28
PIM: 0PP: 13-13
SV%: .976SH: 1-1
Jeff Skinner
2nd
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:06
Alexander Semin
3rd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 17:57
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:55CAR Kevin Westgarth  Fighting (maj) against  Frazer McLaren
02:55TOR Frazer McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Westgarth
07:35CAR Jamie McBain  Hi-sticking against  Nikolai Kulemin
13:54CAR Kevin Westgarth  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
2nd Period
09:41TOR Jay McClement  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Cam Ward
11:48TOR Mark Fraser  Boarding against  Chad LaRose
13:05CAR Jamie McBain  Hooking against  Tyler Bozak
19:16TOR Michael Kostka  Tripping against  Jeff Skinner
19:46TOR Korbinian Holzer  Tripping against  Jiri Tlusty
3rd Period
06:21CAR Alexander Semin  Hooking against  James van Riemsdyk
18:52CAR Tim Brent  Holding against  Leo Komarov
shots by period
PeriodCARTOR
1st1218
2nd205
3rd719
Total3942
Team Stats
CategoryCARTOR
Power Plays2/40/5
Hits1829
Faceoff Wins3745
Giveaways1310
Takeaways78
Blocked Shots179
Penalty Minutes1513
  • CAROLINA
  • TORONTO
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4J. McBainD0000414:04
6T. GleasonD0020022:13
8K. WestgarthR000075:08
11J. StaalC1121020:26
12E. StaalC1005018:13
19J. TlustyL0105016:11
21D. BowmanL0004015:07
24B. SanguinettiD00-11011:04
25J. PitkanenD0001023:19
27J. FaulkD1023029:04
28A. SeminR0104217:57
29T. WallaceR00-1108:35
36J. JokinenL0001012:26
37T. BrentC01-12213:36
39P. DwyerR1123017:13
44J. HarrisonD00-12017:12
53J. SkinnerL0315018:06
59C. LaRoseR0001010:58
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. Ward4142.97660:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3D. PhaneufD0004024:13
4C. FransonD00-11017:15
11J. McClementC000029:33
16C. MacArthurL00-14015:34
21J. van RiemsdykL0005020:31
24J. LilesD00-13023:58
28C. OrrR000004:57
38F. McLarenL000154:36
39M. FrattinR1013011:57
41N. KuleminL00-15020:31
42T. BozakC00-12020:12
43N. KadriC0113013:29
45M. FraserD0000213:36
47L. KomarovC0101012:26
53M. KostkaD0004223:22
55K. HolzerD0000217:53
81P. KesselR00-14020:06
84M. GrabovskiC00-12019:44
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
34J. Reimer3539.89760:00