Ilya Kovalchuk hands Cam Ward his first career goal

National Post | Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes weren’t going to let the minor details tarnish Cam Ward’s first career goal — such as the fact that their All-Star goalie never even really took a shot.

Ward made 23 saves and was credited with a bizarre empty-net goal that capped off the Hurricanes’ 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

“It would have been a lot cooler if I had shot the puck or did something like that,” Ward said with a smile.

Brandon Sutter had a short-handed goal, Tuomo Ruutu and Anthony Stewart scored in the second period, and Tim Gleason and Tim Brent each had two assists for the Hurricanes.

They had as many goals in the second (two) as New Jersey had shots while building a 3-0 lead, then withstood the Devils’ late charge to claim their second straight win.

But the play that had everyone buzzing afterward ended…

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