Preview: Penguins at Hurricanes

“I would appreciate it a little more now that I’m in my older years and been in the league a lot longer,” Ward told the Raleigh News &amp; Observer. “I hope to get that opportunity again.” The 31-year-old Ward improved to 16-7-3 in his career versus Pittsburgh after he made 37 saves in Carolina’s 2-1 win on Dec. 19 and turned aside 23 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory on Jan. 12. Ward sat out the next meeting five nights later as Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored twice in a 5-0 rout. Pittsburgh was on the wrong end of a shutout on Wednesday, however, as Crosby saw his career-high seven-game goal streak and 11-game point stretch come to a halt in a 3-0 setback to the New York Rangers.<BR><BR><STRONG>TV:</STRONG> 7 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Carolinas

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