After the Canes' 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday in Toronto, Kirk Muller said it was the best game that goalie Cam Ward had played since he took over as coach.
Two nights later, Muller changed his mind.
"That's No. 2. Tonight's No. 1," Muller said Thursday after the Canes' 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at the RBC Center. "It's a gutsy performance by him battling through all this stuff."
The "stuff" was being pulled last week in road games in Calgary and Winnipeg. But he rebounded with a strong game against the Leafs, making 36 saves, and had 33 against the Canucks.
Ward's biggest moment came with a little more than six minutes left in the third and the Canes leading 4-3. The Canucks' Keith Ballard was looking at an open net, but Ward made a sprawling glove stop.
"Just pure desperation," Ward said. "I guess just a matter of not giving up on the puck."
Drayson Bowman's second goal of the game, and power-play goal by Jaroslav Spacek gave the Canes a 4-2 lead in the third period.