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Ward blanks Blues as Hurricanes end road trip

Oct 31, 2008 - 5:15 AM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Cam Ward stopped 19 shots - including 10 in the third period - to record his first shutout of the season as the Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Ward turned away a late push by St. Louis, helping Carolina head home with a successful trek in which it netted eight points (3-1-2).

Tuomo Ruutu notched the lone goal of the contest on a power play with 9:41 remaining, tipping a wrist shot from the left circle by Eric Staal past goaltender Chris Mason, who had the puck slip between his pads.

"I tried to get my stick in there on the way ? I guess it hit it," said Ruttu, who picked up his second goal of the season. "Eric gave me a shot I could do something with."

"We had some opportunities, couldn't get it in and couldn't get a bounce, and going into the third (period), we thought it might be one of those goals that hits something or goes off of something ? a bad bounce," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was a clean shot that went in, but it wasn't a picture-perfect play."

It was the second time in three games St. Louis has been shut out. The Blues, who also were blanked by the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, were limited to just nine shots over the first two periods.

St. Louis coach Andy Murray was not shy about expressing his disappointment about the offensive ineptitude.

"The first two periods, we killed 12 minutes of penalties in 40 minutes, so there was not a lot of clock left," he said. "Some of our skilled guys were trying to play with their hands instead of their legs. I didn't like our forwards tonight... We were forcing the puck into the middle of the ice instead of behind and toward the goal.

"We're going to win or lose based on how our top five or six players play."

In all, the Blues were whistled for six penalties over the first two periods, including a double-minor on David Perron for high-sticking.

The ice began to open up for St. Louis in the third, but Ward did not leave much at which to aim en route to picking up his seventh career shutout and first since a 3-0 win at Chicago on March 12.

The Blues did not register their 10th shot of the game until 3:17 of the third period, when Andy McDonald was turned away by Ward on a breakaway.

St. Louis had another great chance to get on the board 6:26 into the final session, when rookie T.J. Oshie's backhander during a scrum in front of the net went wide to the right.

Ward's effort highlighted a rare successful night for the Hurricanes at the Scottrade Center, as Carolina won here for the first time since December 9, 1999.

Afterward, Ward praised the defense in front of him.

"Up until that last 10 minutes of the third period, we did a really excellent job of shutting them down and didn't give them any time or space," the former first-round pick said. "They have some skilled guys in their lineup, and if you don't do that, they can put the puck in the net. This is one of the best defensive games we have played in the last three years that I've been here."

Entering the game with the top power-play unit in the league, the Blues had just three chances in this one, including two in the third period. They have been successful on just two of their last 15 man-advantage situations over the last three games.

"Our defense did a terrific job tonight," Laviolette said. "When you have the speed of (Paul) Kariya or McDonald, there is a lot to handle, and our guys did a terrific job. They didn't get chances until the very end and they didn't get chances with their power play."

Making his first appearance since an emergency appendectomy on October 16, Mason made 28 saves for St. Louis.

"It's a tough way to lose a game," Mason said. "Our penalty kill was awesome tonight. Usually, when you take that many penalties, you're going to give up a goal eventually."

"Even with that shot, it was deflected, he was still outstanding," Murray said of Mason. "One thing we've needed was a second goaltender, and he gave us a chance tonight."

But it was the homebound Hurricanes who were pleased with the last stop of their road trip.

"There weren't too many chances 5-on-5. Both teams were playing great defensively," Ruutu said. "We'll take it, it's not easy to win on the road. You're not going to score five goals on the road. So you play this way and try to win the game."

"It was a real good way to end (the road trip)," Laviolette added. "You can always look back and say there were some points we left on the table. We dealt with a lot with the travel, the injuries and everything else this month, so to finish like this is real positive going home."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 0 0 1 1
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: CAR - (PP) TUOMO RUUTU 2 (ERIC STAAL, DENNIS SEIDENBERG)
    10:19
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: CAR - 1 OF 7, STL - 0 OF 3.
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAR 6

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    CAROLINA 1
    ST LOUIS 0
    3RD PRD: CAR - (PP) TUOMO RUUTU 2 (ERIC STAAL) 10:19

    Hurricanes 1, Blues 0  3rd - 9:41Oct 30 10:39 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 0 0 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAR 6 11 17
    STL 4 5 9
    GOALIES: CAR - CAM WARD
    STL - CHRIS MASON

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 0 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAR 6 6
    STL 4 4
    GOALIES: CAR - CAM WARD
    STL - CHRIS MASON

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