NHL News and Notes May - 31

NHL News and Notes May - 31

Hurricanes sign goaltender Ward to 3-year deal
May 31, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes signed goaltender Cam Ward - the most valuable player of the team's run to the Stanley Cup last year - to a three-year contract Thursday.

Ward will earn $2 million next season, $2.5 million in the 2008-09 season and $3.5 million in 2009-10. The 23-year-old made $684,000 last year in the final year of the three-year entry-level contract he signed in 2004.

As a rookie, Ward won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason when leading the Hurricanes past the Edmonton Oilers in a seven-game Stanley Cup finals last June. This season - his first as the Hurricanes' No. 1 goaltender - Ward had 30 wins in 60 games while allowing 2.93 goals per game.

The Hurricanes picked Ward in the first round of the 2002 draft.

``Cam is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward,'' said Jim Rutherford, Carolina's president and general manager. ``He has already built an impressive resume for himself at a young age, and we believe he is going to be one of the elite goaltenders in the National Hockey League for a long time.''

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May 31, 2007

No games scheduled. The Stanley Cup finals resume Saturday in Ottawa.

-Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ducks, stopped 16 shots for his sixth postseason shutout and first this year as Anaheim edged Ottawa 1-0 to take a 2-0 Stanley Cup Finals advantage.

Defenseman Samuel Pahlsson scored the game-winning goal with 5:44 left in the third period to give the Ducks a 1-0 victory over Ottawa and a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night. Pahlsson's linemate Travis Moen scored the game-winning goal in Game 1.

Ray Emery stopped 30 of 31 shots, but the Senators lost to the Ducks 1-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.

The Ducks in their two Stanley Cup finals are 5-0 at home, but 0-4 on the road.

Saturday, June 2nd the Stanley Cup finals shift to Ottawa for the first time since 1927 as the Senators will try to break out of a scoring funk in the next two games to even the series.

Teams that won the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals at home have captured the Cup 29 of 30 times.

Detroit's Chris Chelios was named the first recipient of the Mark Messier Leader of the Year award. Chelios was honored for his on-ice performance, his leadership skills and charitable efforts. Messier, the retired New York Rangers star, announced the award and its sponsor, a diet supplement company who will donate $25,000 to a charity of Chelios' choice.

``It was a great shot. He got Ottawa's Joseph Corvo turned around. He tried to do something with the stick, got spun and he used Corvo as a screen and hit inside the post.'' Anaheim's coach Bryan Murray after the Ducks' 1-0 victory over the Senators on Wednesday night.

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