The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/15/11 — Cam Ward
Sitting four points out of a playoff spot, the Carolina Hurricanes were confronted with the biggest game of their season last night as they traveled to Buffalo to take on the eighth-place Sabres. It was what hockey experts, players and fans alike often refer to as a “four-point game,” and in this case the Canes earned all four points thanks to an incredible performance from goaltender Cam Ward.
Carolina’s offense was quiet as their only goal of the night was a first period tally off the stick of Brandon Suter, but that was all they would need as Ward would out-duel fellow all-star netminder Ryan Miller en route to the 1-0 shutout victory. That shutout, the third of the season for Ward, wouldn’t come easy however, as the Sabres peppered him with 40 shots, but none were good enough to beat him on this night.
With the win, the Canes move just two points back of the Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They will have the opportunity to grab those two points tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at home. Whether Ward will get the nod in back-to-back games remains to be seen, but for now he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, March 15, 2011.