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Brouwer: “No one feels lower than [Ward] right now, but it’s not his fault.”

May 7, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

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Troy Brouwer went into this game with no points and a minus-two rating in the Washington Capitals’ second round series against the New York Rangers. Brouwer finally managed to have a standout game on Monday with two assists, a plus-one rating, and two blocked shots.

The Capitals had a 2-1 lead when Joel Ward took a double-minor high-sticking penalty with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation time. The New York Rangers pounced on the opportunity, tying the game and then winning it on overtime while Ward sat in the sin bin.

Just like that, Brouwer’s good game was wasted, but he’s not pointing a finger at Ward.

“No one feels lower than [Ward] right now, but it’s not his fault,” Brouwer said. “It’s a tough break.”

We’ll see how Ward will respond in Game 6 on Wednesday. We shouldn’t forget that Ward played a big role in getting the Capitals to the second round in the first place. Maybe he’s got another heroic act in him. The Capitals could certainly use one right now.

  1. taintedlombardis - May 7, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    the 3 million dollar man…

  2. florida727 - May 8, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    How could Ward NOT be held accountable? It was a stupid penalty that left his team short-handed for BOTH the tying and winning goals in the most pivotal game of the series. It’s the very definition of “fault”. Admire his teammate for trying to defend him, but does anybody actually buy into that? I doubt it. This one’s on you, Ward. Fortunately for you, you have a chance to redeem yourself.

  3. bojangles83 - May 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Wardo is one of the caps best defensive players on the roster.

    This mistake was costly and they got burned, but if that game situation comes up again in game 6, i throw him back out there.

    Hes a very underrated player.

    100% Pelt Swapper material.

  4. stakex - May 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Of course its his fault. It not like he took a “good” penelty that prevented a goal or something. He took a completely pointless penelty at a REALLY bad time, and his team lost as a direct result of it. There is simply no way this loss does not fall squarely on him.

    I know Brouwer and the rest of the Caps are going to cricle the wagons to the media, but they all know why they lost. Expect Ward to see a lot less ice time in game six…

  5. balewsquare - May 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I liked Brouwer with the Hawks, but he can disappear quite easily with the Caps…maybe it’s cause he’s not on a line with Toews and Kane like he was so often in Chicago? Bowman may have messed up some stuff, but getting a 1st rounder for Brouwer was awesome.

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