Canes nominate Ward

Goalie up for Clancy trophy

CHIP ALEXANDERApril 7, 2011 

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that goaltender Cam Ward has been selected by his teammates as Carolina's nominee for the 2010-11 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

It's the second time that Ward has been nominated for this honor, annually awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community.

On the ice, Ward has a record of 35-25-10 this season, with a 2.59 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He has established a franchise record for saves, stopping 2,102 shots to lead all NHL goalies. Ward, 27, also ranks tied for first among goalies in games played (71), tied for fifth in wins (35) and ninth in save percentage (.922).

Ward is active in the Triangle community, particularly assisting athletes with special needs. Through his Cam's Champs program, Ward provides an RBC Center suite for 40 home games to organizations including Special Olympics North Carolina, Miracle League of the Triangle, Triangle Special Hockey and 19 other groups.

Wednesday's results

Blackhawks 4, Blues 3: Jonathan Toews scored on a low shot from the left circle at 3:19 of overtime to give host Chicago a victory over St. Louis that moved the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks to two points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Patrick Sharp, Chicago's leading goal scorer with 34, returned after missing seven games with an injured left knee. He assisted on Hossa's goal.

Capitals 5, Panthers 2: Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera scored power-play goals in the first period, and host Washington won its fourth straight to put the Capitals on the brink of clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 301st NHL goal into an empty net.

Bruins 3, Islanders 2: Dennis Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell scored in a 78-second span in the second period, and host Boston moved to two points out of the second playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

New York's Michael Grabner scored his 32nd and 33rd goals and leads all NHL rookies.

Devils 4, Maple Leafs 2: At Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 30th goal and added an assist to lead New Jersey over Toronto in the game that matched two teams that made desperate second-half playoff runs only to fall short.

Kovalchuk extended his string of 30-goal NHL seasons to eight.

LATE TUESDAY

Oilers 2, Canucks 0: At Edmonton, Alberta, Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves, and last-place Edmonton beat first-place Vancouver again.

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