The Hurricanes' goalie made 45 saves on Thursday night as Carolina escaped Ottawa with a 3-2 victory over the Senators.
Ward's heroics, which included 16 saves in a chaotic second period in which Carolina was outshot 17-3, helped set up Harrison's winner at 2:19 of overtime
``Cam's a great goaltender and he keeps us in games,'' said Harrison, who banged home the deciding goal off a scramble in front of Senators goalie Craig Anderson. ``He's a huge part of our success and we owe that to him.
``The fact we were able to get back on the horse in the third period and have a few big penalty kills, score a big power-play goal and then an overtime goal demonstrated we played a pretty solid road game.''
Chad LaRose and Alexander Semin scored in regulation for the Hurricanes, who have won five of their last seven.
``We played such a good game, but credit to their goalie as he kept them in the game and gave them a chance to tie it up and win it in overtime,'' Alfredsson said. ``We had our opportunities to put it away and couldn't.''
Senators coach Paul MacLean says he can't ask for much more from his team.
``We want to come back and reproduce that game again and again and again and again,'' he said. ``We feel we'll get a much better result if we reproduce that game at that level and at that tempo.''
Ottawa led 2-1 in the third period, but Semin tied it with a one-timer that beat Anderson stick side on the power play at 12:26.
``Anything can happen in a one-goal game and you just need a bounce or a break and we got that opportunity on the power play,'' Ward said. ``We've been stressing special teams all season long and that we need to get better and the power play was able to come up with a big goal to tie the game.''
Both teams had a number of great chances in the first, but it was the Senators who took the early lead on Karlsson's team-leading fifth goal of the season on a great pass from rookie Jakob Silfverberg.
Ottawa dominated the second period on the shot clock, but Ward kept his team in it with a number of big saves, including one in close on Silfverberg.
``(Ward) was real solid,'' said Eric Staal. ``He's really stepped back into his game and we're going to need him and he helped us get the win.''
The Hurricanes tied it 1-1 on their third shot of the second when Drayson Bowman made a cross-ice pass to LaRose, who snapped a shot from the faceoff circle to beat Anderson glove side.
``This was one of those nights (when) you win the game, but lose on the scoreboard,'' Anderson said. ``We outplayed them, but just didn't get the results we were looking for. We deserved a better fate.''
The Senators finally solved Ward in the second when Alfredsson gave Ottawa a 2-1 edge at 16:04, roofing a shot from a near-impossible angle that fooled the Carolina goalie.
``I was looking for (Senators forward Mika Zibanejad), but saw he was covered up so thought I'd try a shot,'' Alfredsson said. ``I've tried it a lot of times and it usually doesn't work, but it came off perfect.''
Mike Lundin made his debut for the Senators after missing the first 10 games with a broken finger, while fellow defenseman Sergei Gonchar returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with the flu.
Notes: Staal extended his point streak (seven goals, four assists) to seven games with an assist on Semin's goal. ... LW Kaspars Daugavins, D Patrick Wiercioch and D Mark Borowiecki were healthy scratches for the Senators. Ottawa was also without C Jason Spezza (upper body injury, indefinite), D Jared Cowen (hip, out for the season) and RW Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash, day-to-day). ... The Hurricanes were without C Tuomo Ruutu (hip surgery, three-to-four months). RW Andreas Nool and D Joe Corvo were healthy scratches.