By Ryan Boyd, Featured Writer
With the World Series in the books, it is time to focus on hockey. Friday night saw Edmonton, San Jose, Carolina and Calgary emerge as victors in a pool of stiff competition.
Shocking Scene of the Night
Cam Ward, Goalie, Carolina Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes (4-3-3) arrived at the RBC Center Friday night in desperate need of a spark to reverse their current trend of poor play. Coming in, they had lost 3 consecutive games including disappointing overtime defeats at the hands of the Blues and Senators.
Veteran goaltender Cam Ward answered the call in a big way.
Ward saved all 30 shots that he faced in an impressive shutout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks (5-2-2), 3-0. It was the first shutout recorded by Ward since April of last season.
Overall, Ward was flawless in preventing goals in four Blackhawk power play opportunities and a number of other scoring chances. Arguably his best moment in the contest came when he denied Jonathan Toews on the breakaway, preserving a 1-0 lead.
Chicago saw its streak of seven straight games earning a point come to an end. Next up, they face off with the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night at the United Center. It is the start of a 2-game home stand before returning to the road next week.
On the other hand, the Hurricanes venture to Philadelphia Saturday night looking to continue where they left off. After the game, they will head home for a 3-game stand of their own starting with the Washington Capitals Tuesday night.
Other Games Friday Night
San Jose Sharks 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
As I expected, the Detroit Red Wings (5-3-0) saw an increased amount of production from their top line, but were still defeated by Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks (5-3-0). Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary combined for three points on the evening after only picking up 9 points in the first seven games, but it wasn’t enough. With the game knotted up at two, Thornton rallied for two consecutive goals to seal the fourth straight win for the Sharks.Detroit, however, has dropped three straight after starting 5-0.
Edmonton Oilers 3, Colorado Avalanche 1
The Edmonton Oilers (6-2-2) continued their streak of outstanding play handing the Colorado Avalanche (6-4-0) their third consecutive home loss to start the season. The Oilers were led by an unbelievable performance by netminder Devan Dubnyk who saved 40 shots on the night. Offensively, it was Ryan Smyth that picked up a goal and two assists in the winning effort. It is the first time Edmonton has won four games in a row since late November a year ago. Conversely, the Avalanche lost their second straight and fall out of first place in the Northwest Division.
St. Louis Blues 1, Calgary Flames 3
A big third period from the Calgary Flames (4-4-1) catapult them past the surging St. Louis Blues (5-5-0). Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff set the tone early and often as he sent away 28 shots on the night. The decisive period had two Calgary goals from Roman Horak and Olli Jokinen to put the game out of reach. The 3-game winning streak of the Blues comes to an end with the defeat.