The Carolina Hurricanes could be without Cam Ward for a while as the goaltender exited Saturday’s home triumph over the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury.
Ward allowed two goals on 16 shots in 37 minutes, 34 seconds of action before leaving the contest. He appeared to be favoring his left leg as he departed and was replaced by Eddie Lack, who stopped 9-of-10 shots in relief.
“Little bit of, it looked like, a knee or ankle,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters told the team’s website. “He had to come out. Didn’t feel 100 percent confident in it or his stability. Day off tomorrow. … We’ll see where he’s at Monday.”
The 31-year-old Ward was credited with the victory, raising his record to 16-11-7 with one shutout and a 2.35 goals-against average in 36 games – 35 starts – this season.
Selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2002 draft, Ward made his NHL debut in 2005-06 and went 14-8-2 in the regular season before posting a 15-8 record with two shutouts and a 2.14 GAA in 23 playoff contests en route to the Stanley Cup. He became the first starting goaltender to win the championship as a rookie since Patrick Roy in 1986.
Ward registered a career-high 39 victories in 2008-09, the same season in which he recorded a personal-best six shutouts. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound former Conn Smythe Trophy winner is 262-202-65 with 23 blankings and a 2.70 GAA in 548 regular-season games and 23-18 with four shutouts in 41 playoff contests.