In any sport, even the team that plays the best on any given night can walk away with a loss. In the NHL, it tends to happen when a goaltender has a dominating performance.
Cam Ward displayed that dominating performance tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, shutting the door on the Flyers time and time again in the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 victory.
Ward made 30 saves on 32 shots, and frustrated the Flyers on several big scoring chances in the second and third periods to preserve the lead for the Canes. Ward made all the big saves, including plenty of point blank shots that never found the back of the net.
Matt Read and James van Riemsdyk scored the two goals for the home team. Read has now scored in five straight games, and JvR once again played like he did in last season's playoffs. He assisted on Read's goal in the second period.
Ilya Bryzgalov was solid but unspectacular in net, saving 27 of 31 shots (.871 save percentage). Before tonight's game, Bryzgalov had recorded a point in each of his last 6 starts (5-0-1) and had been playing at an extremely high level. He still played well, but should have stopped the Hurricanes' third goal from the high slot and didn't know where the puck was on the fourth goal scored on him.
Chris Pronger (illness), Jaromir Jagr (lower-body injury), and Braydon Coburn (upper-body injury) were all scratched tonight. Pronger and Jagr may play Wednesday against the New York Islanders, while Coburn is expected to miss at least one or two more games.
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