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NHL Archives: Cam Ward robs Dvorak in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals; the most underrated save in NHL history?

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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Is this the best save of Cam Ward's career? Actually, that title may belong to this recent stop by him on Bryan Little. Or maybe even this stick save on Colin Greening. Regardless, the Hurricanes goaltender has a lot of mind-boggling stops under his resume.

However, here's one that you may have not seen very often: Ward robs Radek Dvorak with a diving glove save in Game Six of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes. I myself haven't seen this save in TSN Top Ten videos, let alone Cam Ward countdowns. I guess that might be because some people actually think the puck was over the goal-line. 

After watching it on Youtube in this not-so-great eight second clip - which was recorded at two frames per second with a broken toaster borrowed from Randy Carlyle - I went on a mission to find a better version. 

I couldn't even find the highlight through the VideoCenter. Eventually, using the NHL Vault (an NHL game archive on Gamecenter Live), I was able to find the full sequence and upload it to Youtube in the best possible quality (excluding the audio). 

As you probably already know, Ward went on to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and became the first rookie goalie to win the playoff MVP since Ron Hextall in 1987. To the newer generation of Carolina Hurricanes fans: yes, Cam Ward used to be this good before.

Carolina won the series in an epic seven game tilt for the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Championship. 

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