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Cam Ward Robs Joel Ward: Ranking the Hurricanes Goalie's Best Saves (VIDEO)

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 22:  Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes jokes with fans behind the glass as he warms up before a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning  at PNC Arena on January 22, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Mark JonesSenior Analyst IFebruary 27, 2013

To recap Tuesday's NHL action: Cam Ward robbed Joel Ward.

Compared to that, nothing much else of note happened.

Anyone who hasn't slept away the past 24 hours on Pluto has surely seen the highlight that has bounced around the hockey universe wildly (and deservedly) since yesterday.

It's not going to fade away anytime soon, though. Ward's robbery is a sure bet to appear on more than a few nostalgic end-of-season highlight films and rankings.

But is the jewel of a stop even the best save of No. 30's career?

The Carolina Hurricanes netminder, despite his tendency to occasionally let in head-shakers (like Max Pacioretty's dump-in last week), has made an entire career of spectacular snares.

We bring back and break down Cam Ward's five best saves below—and, just a hint, the Ward-on-Ward save doesn't even crack the top three.

 

5. Cam Ward on Keith Ballard (Dec. 15, 2011)

After some fancy moves from Mason Raymond set up a 2-on-1 down low, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard was just inches from tying the game (4-4) with less than seven minutes remaining.

A diving glove stop from Ward preserved the fragile lead and the 'Canes eventually held on for the victory.

 

4. Cam Ward on Joel Ward (Feb. 26, 2013)

The Hurricanes may have lost to the Capitals 3-0, but the loss certainly cannot be blamed on Ward. He stopped 37 of a whopping 40 Caps' shots, and made plenty of jaw-dropping plays outside of this one.

There's no denying that this Ward-on-Ward larceny was the highlight of the night and, possibly, one of the highlights of the year.

 

3. Cam Ward on Radek Dvorak (June 17, 2006)

The Hurricanes fell 4-0 to the Edmonton Oilers in Game Six of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. 

However, since the 'Canes still won the Cup two days later, this ridiculous cross-net save (poor video quality excused) turned that night into a positive memory for all.

Radek Dvorak, after receiving the pass from, ironically, future Hurricane Sergei Samsonov, simply couldn't believe he hadn't scored.

 

2. Cam Ward on Greg De Vries and J.P. Vigier (Mar. 1, 2007)

Cam Ward's mastery on this frantic play not only stumped a completely tongue-tied Thrashers announcer, but also two absolutely terrible NHL players.

De Vries (No. 7, the player with the breakaway) and Vigier (No. 11, the player with the rebound attempt) scored a combined total of 71 NHL goals in 1,091 career appearances. They easily could've had 72 had Ward not made three or four amazing saves in this split-second sequence.

 

1. Cam Ward on Bill Guerin (Oct. 14, 2009)

For all of Cam Ward's incredible career highlights, none can come close to touching this jewel on Oct. 14, 2009.

After two spot-on passes by Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, veteran forward Bill Guerin saw his "it's so easy a two-year-old could do it" tap-in goal stymied by one of the NHL's most heroic goaltenders of the modern era.

Mark Jones has been a Bleacher Report featured columnist since 2009, receiving almost a million views on his 450-plus articles to date. 

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