Ward to miss up to 8 weeks with knee sprain
Posted March 4, 2013
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).