Ward to take over goal while Gerber recovers

Updated: October 6, 2005, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rookie Cam Ward will take over in goal for the injured Martin Gerber when the Carolina Hurricanes play Pittsburgh on Friday.

Gerber left in the second period of a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night with a pulled muscle near his left hip. Ward replaced him for the final period and now gets his first NHL start in Carolina's home opener against Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.

"I think obviously this is a great opportunity," Ward said after practice Thursday. "It's an opportunity to make my first NHL start against one of the greatest players ever."

Gerber came to the Hurricanes in a trade from Anaheim in June 2004 and missed some of training camp with a sore back.

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