Hurricanes

Ward to miss up to 8 weeks with knee sprain

Posted March 4, 2013

Cam Ward (30) collects the puck during the Panthers vs. Hurricanes game on March 2, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, who left Sunday's game in the second period, was diagnosed Monday with a third-degree sprain of his left medial collateral ligament (MCL). He is expected to miss six to eight weeks, according to team President and General Manager Jim Rutherford, but will not need surgery.

Ward left the game with 15 saves and the team up 3-0. The Hurricanes (12-8-1) held on and defeated the Florida Panthers for a second consecutive night, 3-2.

Dan Ellis gave up the two goals on 21 shots after replacing Ward in goal.

Rumors immediately began to swirl that Ward had injured a knee or pulled his groin.

Play-by-play announcer John Forslund said Ward left the arena with ice on his knee but was able to walk. 

The Canes next game is Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they host the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Arena.

They have 27 games left in the lockout-shortened regular season. Should Ward's recovery stick to the timetable set Monday, he'd be available just in time for postseason play.

In the interim, the team recalled Justin Peters from Charlotte to back up Dan Ellis in goal. Peters, 26, has posted a 22-12-1 record and a 2.29 goals-against average in 37 games this season with the AHL Checkers. He has an 11-11-3 record and a 3.23 goals-against average in 28 NHL career games with Carolina since making his debut on Feb. 6, 2010.

Carolina, with 25 points, leads the Southeast Division and, were the playoffs to begin Monday, would be the third seed in the Eastern Conference behind Montreal (32 points) and Pittsburgh (28).

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  • edits Mar 5, 10:44 a.m.

    Bring it on!!! We'll be fine w/ Murphy and Ellis splitting time.

    I'm not trying to downplay the... View More

    — Posted by OGE

    Murphy? He is overseas, not in Charlotte so there is not a chance we will see Muphy, if at all ever again. It's Peters and Ellis.

  • 321oohaw Mar 4, 8:53 p.m.

    Dan Ellis feels responsible for Ward's injury. I have a feeling that there will be NO problem... View More

    — Posted by edits

    Why would Ellis feel responsible for Ward's injury? It's not like he did anything to cause the... View More

    — Posted by NCCaniac

    Listen to Ellis' post game quotes. He felt really bad, I felt bad for him, bless his heart

    — Posted by edits

    ...thank you girlie girl...

  • 321oohaw Mar 4, 8:45 p.m.

    There goes our season. All the Cam haters are gonna find out just how valuable he is ... the... View More

    — Posted by CarolinaHurricanes87

    ...Mrs. Ward, is that you posting again?

  • StunGunn Mar 4, 8:26 p.m.

    People need to chill out...it's only a sprain.

    It will not even require surgery.

    — Posted by OGE

    While the injury won't require surgery, it IS a serious injury - he tore some ligaments and will miss most, if not all, of the regular season. And what shape will Cam be in then? Not game shape, and certainly not playoff shape.

  • StunGunn Mar 4, 8:24 p.m.

    Dan Ellis feels responsible for Ward's injury. I have a feeling that there will be NO problem... View More

    — Posted by edits

    Why would Ellis feel responsible for Ward's injury? It's not like he did anything to cause the... View More

    — Posted by NCCaniac

    Listen to Ellis' post game quotes. He felt really bad, I felt bad for him, bless his heart

    — Posted by edits

    I agree, Edits, Ellis feels terrible about Cam getting injured. Ellis is not your typical "back-up" goalie - he's much better, and Rutherford made a great decision when he signed Ellis. I HATE this for Cam, and he was playing his best hockey on top of it all. Also feel bad for Jeff Daniels in Charlotte - his team gets picked apart to fill the holes in the Canes' roster, but that's one of the reasons the Checkers are in Charlotte.

  • jscott13 Mar 4, 4:37 p.m.

    caniacman...in hockey, as with any contact sport, being in great shape helps to avoid injury. I was a big Cam supporter for a long time, but this season I was disappointed by how "rusty" (Tripp Tracey's words) Cam was when they came back. It was mentioned several times that he didn't play or really do much during the lockout. We will never know what effect conditioning had on his ability to avoid the collision. If he had been doing something during the time off, we wouldn't have had such a terrible record at the start of this season, even with the new guys and the adjustment period required to get them playing well together. That would have helped ease the pressure that is now squarely on Dan Ellis' shoulders. That being said, I think that he is up to it and I am glad that he will get a chance to play.

  • OGE Mar 4, 3:51 p.m.

    People need to chill out...it's only a sprain.

    It will not even require surgery.

  • OGE Mar 4, 3:39 p.m.

    Bring it on!!! We'll be fine w/ Murphy and Ellis splitting time.

    I'm not trying to downplay the importance of Cam but what's done is done.

  • jscott13 Mar 4, 3:12 p.m.

    If you listened to the post game interview with Ellis, he said that if he hadn't been sick he would have started and Ward then wouldn't have been hurt. I felt bad for him, too. Seems like a good hearted guy and our goalies obviously get along very well. Ellis acts as though he takes nothing for granted and I think he will do great.

  • caniacman Mar 4, 3:12 p.m.

    jscott13- cam ward playing or not playing had NOTHING to do with this injury! Watch it again. two guys run into him and pin his leg against the post. Cam couldnt just get out of the net because his job is to stop it from going in and until faulk took the guy down he was coming in to take a shot. That injury was happening no matter if he played or not.

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