Cam Ward (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

Canes Beat Panthers…And Cardiac Cane Beats The Rat Trick

Cam Ward appeared to be used as a target practice in Tuesday’s game at the RBC Center with 41 saves against the Florida Panthers.

“I’m just doing my job,” Ward humbly offered in regards to his performance. Stephen Weiss was the only player to score on the Canes goalie in the second. Carolina held the lead, despite the struggle, with a 2-1 victory over the Cats.

There may be only one thing more entertaining than Ward the Wall. As a result of a lost bet, FanSided Lead Writer for the Florida Panthers (The Rat Trick), Frank Rekas, must recap last night’s contest with the Canes to the tune of Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive. Sorry Frank! {insert snicker here}

The night ironically belonged to former Panthers’ player, Cory Stillman. He recently joined the Canes in a trade for Sergei Samsonov. Stillman had a goal and assist in the first period. Video was also shown of the forward receiving the silver stick for his 1000th game in the NHL. The footage generated a standing ovation from the crowd while players of both teams tapped their sticks as a symbol of respect.

Eric Staal was also welcomed back on the ice after a brief reprieve due to an upper body injury. On a power play, 14:55 into the first, Staal slipped the puck in stealth-style from Stillman’s pass.

Canes struggled to remain possession for most of the second, but they powered through. Many assumed Tuesday’s match-up with the Panthers should have been an easy win.

“It’s just not an easy sport, and that’s what’s great about it,” admits Paul Maurice.

Carolina remains two points ahead of 9th seed Buffalo in the Eastern Conference play-off struggles. The Sabres will evade Caniac Country tomorrow, Thursday at the RBC Center.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Cam Ward Canes Carolina Hurricanes Cory Stillman Eric Staal FanSided Florida Panthers Frank Rekas Paul Maurice Sergei Samsonov Stephen Weiss The Rat Trick Tim Gleason