There was a sense of both celebration and relief. There were smiles in the locker room afterward, for once, and the joy that comes with hard-earned victories. The Carolina Hurricanes are winless no longer. The Canes finally picked up their first victory of the season, and gave Bill Peters his first coaching win at Carolina, by beating the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 on Saturday at PNC Arena. With Cam Ward confidently taking care of the goaltending, with winger Elias Lindholm scoring his first two goals of the season, the Canes were in control from the start. Jiri Tlusty added a power-play score late in the second period -- Tlusty's team-high sixth goal -- and the Canes took care of all the details that lead to wins. "It's huge relief," said Ward, who earned his 22nd career shutout with 25 saves. "Obviously, this is what we're striving for, to win hockey games, and it's been a rough road up until now. "As tough as it is to stick with it, the guys stuck with it (Saturday) and got rewarded for it." The Hurricanes were 0-6-2 in October, the worst start in franchise history. Team captain Eric Staal called it embarrassing, and Peters also took a firm stand Saturday in making underperforming forward Alexander Semin a healthy scratch. The Canes face the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Sunday at PNC Arena, and Peters said he wasn't sure of the Canes' lineup. But he said was pleased with the effort of the 18 skaters Saturday. And, of course, Ward. Ward, moving well, seeing the puck well, picked up his 225th career victory. He also was given a red fireman's helmet as the star of the game -- a new team award Peters had been saving and waiting to hand out after victories. "We don't have a name yet and need to come up with one," Peters said, smiling. "We haven't cracked that out for a while." The goalie usually receives the puck after a shutout but Peters got it this time -- a satisfying memento, for sure.
Ward, Hurricanes shut out Coyotes for first win of season
Raleigh News & Observer | Nov 2