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Canes' Ward goes from backup goalie to playoff MVP

Updated: June 21, 2006, 2:49 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cam Ward started the NHL playoffs as a backup rookie goalie full of potential. Two months later, he was at the center of the Carolina Hurricanes' celebration.

Ward earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason after the Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7 on Monday night for their first Stanley Cup title.

Ward, 22, finished with 22 saves and the type of unflappable performance that the Hurricanes have come to expect. ...

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