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Cam shafts 'Canes

Posted on: May 26, 2009 11:29 pm
It was inevitable that Can Ward would prove to be human in the playoffs one of these days, but chances are that neither the Carolina Hurricanes nor their talented goalie expected it to happen this emphatically.

Ward, after all, was the MVP of the Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup run and the biggest reason they pulled off stunning seven game upsets over first place teams New Jersey and Boston in the earlier rounds this spring. And he had never lost a post season round in his career either coming into the East Finals, although he did figure to have a rougher time against the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins offense.

But Ward came up so short -- allowing 17 goals in the four game sweep -- that Carolina never really had a chance.

Maybe the Hurricanes didn't really have a shot anyway against a far more talented Penguins team that seems to be on a mission to avenge last season's Stanley Cup Finals loss. Pittsburgh had great efforts from its superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and had important contributions to its convincing victory from players throughout the lineup.

And Carolina may have left it all on the ice in the earlier rounds against the Devils and Bruins. It certainly looked that way since top players like Eric Staal, Ray Whitney, Erik Cole and a few others, especially those along the blue line, were MIA for much of the series.

Still things might have been a little different had Ward outplayed Pittsburgh counterpart Marc Andre Fleury, or at least matched him the way he did against other netminders he's faced in previous series. Instead, Ward was victimized over and over again by the Penguins attackers, who beat him with good shots at times, and bad ones at others.

Several of them were back breakers too, none more so than the second goal of Game 4 by Maxime Talbot, a high floater that went off defenseman Anton Babchuk's stick and had Ward looking like an outfielder who lost a fly ball in the sun.

Carolina was tied and theoretically still in the game at that point, even if it really wasn't in the series any more. But you need solid goaltending to win in the playoffs, and for the first time in his career, Ward couldn't provide it.
Category: NHL

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2009 8:58 pm

Cam shafts 'Canes

Hockey Night in Canada reported that Cam Ward was hurt during the series. Don't you think a "big time" NHL writer would have that information before he writes an article questioning his play?

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 6:34 pm

Cam shafts 'Canes

Lets be honest Ward and the canes had no chance.He needed to be perfect in order to beat the pens. Between him and Fleury was not the issue. The pens have to much offence for any team in the east. The last two years prove that. If Cam Ward was a penguin they may have won the cup last year. To blame Ward for this is crazy. Sure he didnt play well in the east finals. There was soft goals and nice goals on him. Infront of Ward is a terrible defence. The forwards are talented but come on really, against Sid and Geno they dont compare.Eric Staal is there best player and lets be honest his little brother can shut him down. So look at it like this, Cam Ward is a top ten goalie and is the biggest reason they even made the playoffs. They cant blame him for this one. Remeber who won them the cup and that was with a team that wasnt much better then this years Hurricanes.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2009 5:34 pm

Cam shafts 'Canes

The Pens have had the puck more then the other team.  They cycle it deep and defenders can't get it out.  This leads to penalties.  Everyone talks about the difference in penalty calls, maybe the other teams should sustain pressure in the zone to draw a call instead of blaming the refs. Caps fans complained just as much in game 7, maybe they should have moved there feet instead of watching Pens skate around and through them.

Also I am not sure why Carolina would want a penalty anyways.  It didn't seem to help much.  I think they may have been even in terms of goal scoring.  Especially if you count scoring coming right out the penalty box. 

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 3:49 pm

Cam shafts 'Canes

RTTH39, you need to bone up a little on your hockey knowledge.  You are correct that the Pens get more power play opportunities, but your silly little conspiracy theories make you appear to be highly unintelligent.  The reason the Pens get so many power plays is because they are highly disciplined, highly talented, and keep the puck in the opponent's offensive zone wearing them down and forcing them to penalize.  If you knew anything about hockey, this would be obvious to you as it is to most others.  As for your "Cindy" comments, they are also ridiculous.  Crosby did yap a lot at the refs during his first season, when he was 18 years old, but now he is simply the hardest working best all-around player in the league, hands down.  The only time you ever see him complain are the numerous times he is slashed or high-sticked and it doesn't get called.  This actually happens pretty frequently.  Other than that, as captain of the team, it is his duty to talk to the refs and stick up for his teammates, as needed.  Don't be jealous of great talent, just admire it.  And do yourself a favor by not making it so obvious to the rest of the world know how dense you are.  You'd be better off keeping us wondering.

Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 3:34 pm

Cam shafts 'Canes

rttj39, Dude, get a grip on reality.  Why is it that the Canes were dead tired because they played 2 seven game series, while Pittsburgh was fresh and played 13 games with 4OT's and a series that was the most scrutinized in NHL history?  Get over the Crosby bashing, for heaven's sake he is barley 21!... and try to enjoy hockey's young stars, which Crosby happens to be one of.  Lemieux was bashed the same way, where'd he go down in history?

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 3:29 pm
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Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 2:36 pm

Cam shafts 'Canes

rttj39, it is your post that is embarrassing.  Sounds like you are a poor loser.  The Pens have been the better team in all 3 rounds so stop your crying and get your order ready.  I think they want fries with that.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 1:46 pm
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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2009 10:45 am

Wow, Is Goldstein Ever Right?

Goldstein seems to be wrong about everything.  Cam Ward was the only reason the Canes had a chance in some of those games.  The Penguins offense peppered him with shots.  Yeah, Marc-Andre Fleury probably outplayed him, but still, he was not why they lost.  Ward made some huge saves and kept the Canes within a goal or two most of the time.  The offense of the Hurricanes was not getting it done. 

Wes.  Do you ever feel bad continually spewing garbage information on here? I mean, don't you have any pride in yourself? Literally everything you say after a game is the wrong answer.

Even with the 'expert picks,' you picked the Capitals over the Penguins.  You picked the Hurricanes over the Penguins.  Seems like you have underestimated the Penguins all along.  But why? For the last 1/4 of the season they were easily the best team in the league.  They climbed from 10 seed to 4 after Bylsma took over.  They came back from 2-0 down in the series against arguably the 2nd best team in the East, the Capitals.  Come on Wes.  Get your head straight.

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 10:44 am

Cam shafts 'Canes

The Pens had the better team and that is why they are moving on.  Honestly the Pens dominated the Caps even worse but Fleury played poorly in that round.  The team that played us the best was the Flyers because in a few of those games they actually outplayed us and in another they played us even.  Overall I thought we had the better of the play but the Flyers were the best team we faced and I hate those guys but will give them the credit when deserved. 

AO did the Pens a favor and might have shown us the way to the Cup.  The injury to Gonchar had us dress 7 dmen and 11 forwards which has led to Crosby and Malkin double shifting on the 4th line.  Having Crosby and Malkin on the ice for 3 out of 4 shifts makes every line hard to match up against because the Staal line is pretty good also.  The 4th line is made up like all our other lines with one grinder that forechecks hard, a super star center, and a goal scorer.  It is hard to match those 4 lines with Kunitz (FC)-Crosby (SS)-Guerin (GS), Fedotenko (GS)-Malkin (SS)-Talbot (FC), Cooke (FC)-Staal (SS)-Kennedy (GS), Adams (FC)-Crosby/Malkin (SS)-Satan (GS).  Using Crosby and Malkin on the 4th line makes it like another top line.  The Staal line has done a great job of shuting down the other teams top line by making Carter's line a non factor against the Flyers and shutting down his brother line in this series.  These 4 lines make us a very tough team to play so we should thank AO's dirty hit if we win the Cup.  Having Boucher has also helped our D because his offensive skills have helped on the 2nd PP.  It will be fun if we win and parade the Cup around Hossa. YA BABY!!!

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