RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Rookie Cam Ward made 24 saves, six players
scored goals and the Carolina Hurricanes took advantage of
Washington's 15 penalties to beat the Capitals 6-0 Friday night in
the preseason opener for both teams.
It was the first chance for fans and players to get a look at
the implementation of several new rules, all of which were designed
to increase scoring chances. The first penalty came 19 seconds into
the game when Washington center Jeff Halpern was called for
Later in the period, Staal stuffed in a rebound just seconds
after a two-man advantage ended to make it 1-0. Washington finished
the opening period with eight penalties, giving Carolina more than
11½ minutes of power play.
The 21-year-old Ward completed his first professional season in
2004-05 with Carolina's AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass., where he
finished with a 1.99 goals-against average to rank fourth in the
Gerber is slated to be the starter after coming over in a trade
with the Anaheim Ducks.
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