This hasn’t been a particularly memorable season for the Carolina Hurricanes and Cam Ward might want to just put the campaign behind him. However, even if this season wasn’t one of Ward’s best, his performance on Thursday was certainly memorable.
Ward turned aside all 40 St. Louis Blues shots he faced to earn his 200th career win and 20th career shutout.
“It means a lot to me,” Ward said. “To be able to win 200 games with this organization is something I’m proud of, but I don’t want to stop now.”
He gained a bit of momentum in the first period by killing off Carolina’s Chad LaRose double minor high sticking penalty. LaRose would later redeem himself by scoring the game-winning goal, but he wasn’t the only Carolina player to end up in the sin bin. Ward had to endure five St. Louis power-play opportunities over the course of the game, but he shut them down every time. You can check out the game highlights below.
Ward is the first goaltender to ever win 200 games as a member of the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise. He’s also just the 71st netminder to reach that milestone in the history of the NHL.
Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.
An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.
After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.
You can watch it happen in the GIF and the videos above.
Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.
Tensions seem to rise with every passing game in the playoffs, particularly in a series with bad blood like the one between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Kris Letang was suspended for his hit in Game 3, and some wonder if Evgeni Malkin should suffer a similar fate for his check on Daniel Winnik on Wednesday.
Winnik left the contest and has not yet returned during the third period.
Take a look at the hit in the video above and decide for yourself.
Fires devastated the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and the St. Louis Blues are doing their part to help those who were affected.
Here’s what the team is doing to raise money during Game 4 against the Dallas Stars:
Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.
Blues forward Scottie Upshall shared his thoughts with the Associated Press regarding several family members being among those evacuated from the area.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”
Other people from around the hockey world weighed in on the scary scene, including Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who told the Ottawa Citizen that “it hurts a lot.”
People shared some scary sights from the evacuation.
Matt Murray was just on another level in Game 3, giving the impression that the Washington Capitals would only beat him with perfect shots.
Jay Beagle got that memo … and maybe added a little element of surprise on top of that.
As you can see from the video above, Beagle beat Murray from an unexpected angle with a pretty resounding goal. It was one of those “Wait, did that just happen?”-type moments.
The Capitals saw their lead go away moments before this post was completed, so it’s now 1-1.