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.
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This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.