Hurricanes' Ward stymies Oilers
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[October 18, 2017]
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The battle
of the backups went to Carolina.
With the Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers giving their No. 2
goaltenders their first starts of the season, Carolina's Cam Ward
outdueled Edmonton's Laurent Brossoit with 48 saves in a 5-3 victory
Tuesday at Rogers Place.
Ward got his support on a pair of goals from Teuvo Teravainen and
singles from Elias Lindholm, Jordan Staal and defenseman Jaccob
"I've been trying to stay sharp for practice and do what you can
when you get an opportunity," said the Edmonton-born Ward. "It's
good to get a win in front of family and friends and move on to
"Some nights it's not going to be the prettiest. As a goaltender,
you just have to give your team a chance to win. We certainly scored
enough to win, and fortunately I was seeing the puck real well and
held the fort."
Edmonton (1-4-0) got goals from Mark Letestu, Ryan Strome and Milan
Lucic, but Brossoit gave up five goals on 21 shots. But Brossoit
didn't get a lot of help from his teammates. The Oilers have now
given up 16 goals in their past three games.
"It's not good right now," Edmonton defenseman Oscar Klefbom said.
"We can all agree on that. Especially when Brossoit comes into a
game like this, we have to stick up for him better. We knew Carolina
was going to come out hard, but we have to be better to start."
While the Hurricanes improved to 2-1-1, the Oilers took their fourth
loss in a row.
Edmonton gave up a goal on Carolina's first shot 20 seconds into the
game and took two penalties in the first four minutes. By the 4:53
mark, it was 2-0 Hurricanes, with both goals coming off the stick of
Teravainen, the second on a power play.
"We couldn't have started any better, scoring 20 seconds into the
game," Ward said. "It shows the guys were ready to go and we
capitalized on our opportunities. We didn't have many opportunities
throughout the game, but we sure put the puck in the net when we got
Another power-play goal, this time from Lindholm late in the period,
gave Carolina a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.
Letestu scored the only goal of the second period, closing it to 3-1
on a power play at 17:11.
Though they had the lead, the Hurricanes were under constant siege
in the second period, but Ward kept them out in front despite being
outshot 36-15 through 40 minutes.
Staal gave Carolina some breathing room 4:03 into the third period
when he scored on a short-handed breakaway. However, the Oilers got
that one right back on the same power play one minute later when
Strome cut the lead to two goals again. Then Lucic pulled Edmonton
within 4-3 at 8:06 of the third.
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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) makes a save as Edmonton
Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon (19) tries to score during the third
period at Rogers Place. Carolina Hurricanes won 5-3. Mandatory
Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
The Oilers looked poised for a comeback but couldn't get the goal,
or the save, they needed.
After Ward stopped Edmonton's Patrick Maroon on a breakaway midway
through the third period, the drama ended for good when Slavin
scored on a deke at 10:36 to seal it.
"We made it interesting again, but we'll continue to learn from
those ones," Staal said. "They're a very dangerous team, so they can
make a push back and they did a good job of trying to climb back
into it. But I thought Wardo ended up finishing them off at the
The Oilers, meanwhile, are in a tailspin.
"You have to stop the bleeding before it gets really bad and you dig
yourself too big of a hole that you can't get out of," Lucic said.
"There is 77 games left, and we can keep saying that, but as long as
the losses keep piling up, it is going to be a long year."
An Edmonton team that was listed among the favorites to win a
Stanley Cup will settle for just winning a game.
"You're not looking to start 1-4, ever," captain Connor McDavid
said. "But it's five games in, and nobody's on the panic button
here. I'm sure there will be doubters now, but we still believe in
NOTES: The Oilers were without D Matt Benning (illness), C Leon
Draisaitl (concussion), D Andrej Sekera (knee) and RW Drake Caggiula
(undisclosed). ... C Brad Malone, called up Monday, drew in for his
first NHL game of the season. LW Jujhar Khaira was a late scratch to
make room. ... Carolina LW Teuvo Teravainen marked his 200th NHL
game with two goals in the first period. ... The previous time the
Hurricanes won a game in Edmonton was Dec. 7, 2011. ... Carolina was
held to one goal in each of its previous two games.
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