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Joel Ward: “It was good to rebound”

May 10, 2012, 12:19 AM EDT

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Of all the Washington Capitals who were happy to win Game 6 against the New York Rangers, Joel Ward probably breathed the biggest sigh of relief. He might not get a complete pardon for the high-sticking double-minor that helped turn Game 5, but ultimately, the Capitals can advance to the Eastern Conference with a win on Saturday.

Ward told Stephen Whyno that he was glad to win and grateful that his teammates backed him up the whole way.

“I think anytime you win in the playoffs it’s a good feeling,” Ward said. “It was good to rebound a little bit and get out there and just get it going again. Guys have been unbelievable; [Matt Hendricks] and [Troy Brouwer were] really supportive the last couple days, just cheering me on. I knew I could do it and believed in myself.”

One could probably say the same about the Capitals as a whole, who are just one game away from the first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since the days of Petr Bondra and Olaf Kolzig.

  1. swizope82 - May 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Played well…

  2. holtbeast - May 10, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    They’re already in the Eastern Conference, may advance to the finals with a win on Saturday.

  3. therealtrenches - May 10, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Holtbeast: Sorry. There’s one more series before they’re In THE finals. A win on Sunday would earn them a trip to the EC finals, which are the NHL semifinals.

    • holtbeast - May 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      I didn’t say Stanley Cup Finals. I said finals like Eastern Conference finals because the article failed to mention the ‘finals’ part and it just said the Caps will make it to the Eastern Conference. And they don’t play on Sunday. Thanks for playing.

  4. davidpcoelho - May 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I was petrified that Ward chasing the Rangers that last minute of the game would draw a penalty again.

    He was WAY too aggressive trying to make up for that ghastly mistake last game.

  5. therealtrenches - May 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Oh. Then, to be clear, you weren’t telling us anything the article didn’t already tell us?

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