In the hustle and bustle of Rod Brind'Amour scoring the Hurricanes' first goal before leaving the game in overtime after getting hit in the face with a puck on the bench, and Sergei Samsonov scoring against his former team, and, oh yeah, Scott Walker of all people scoring to eliminate the Bruins, it's easy to overlook Cam Ward.
Now 4-0 in Game 7s after stopping eight shots in overtime, including a nasty shot from Chuck Kobasew on the right wing, and 34 of 36 on the night, Ward's play in the postseason has been near impeccable. The next playoff series he loses will be his first.
"We just completely take him for granted," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said, intending it as the highest of compliments.
That being said, Ward enjoyed Walker's goal as much as anyone.
"I think I jumped as high as I can jump on skates, ever," Ward said. "We're enjoying the ride right now and trying to make the best of it. It's only going to get harder from here."
Ward's career Game 7s:
June 1, 2006 Carolina 4, Buffalo 2 24 shots-22 saves
June 19, 2006 Carolina 3, Edmonton 1 23 shots-22 saves
April 28, 2009 Carolina 4, New Jersey 3 35 shots-32 saves
May 14, 2009 Carolina 3, Boston 2 (OT) 36 shots-34 saves