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 just had a faint memory of watching it live.
After re-discovering it and 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 wanted to find a better video of the save.
I was able to find the full sequence and upload it to Youtube in the best possible quality.
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.
Carolina won the series in an epic seven game tilt for the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup Championship.