How playoff picture shapes up ... in net

Updated: March 9, 2007, 12:57 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

Last season, the Carolina Hurricanes not only got away with riding the fluctuating fortunes of two goalies in the playoffs, but they also won the Stanley Cup and saw Cam Ward handed the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Rod Brind'Amour or Chris Pronger would have been better Smythe choices. But Ward, Martin Gerber's backup in the regular season, was staunch at opportune times, and the skids were greased for Gerber's offseason signing with the Senators.

There were moments when it wasn't out ...

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