Skip to content

Ward back for Capitals in Game 1

May 2, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

Joel Ward, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom AP

Washington will have Joel Ward back in the lineup for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Rangers, according to Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

Ward, 32, has been out with a knee injury after blocking a Sami Salo shot on Apr. 7.

He missed Washington’s final nine games of the regular season, cutting short a productive second campaign in the nation’s capital that saw him score more points (20) in 39 games than he scored all of last season (18 in 73 games).

Getting Ward back for the playoffs is key for the Caps, as he’s been something of a clutch postseason performer during his six-year career.

He scored four points in six games during his playoff debut — Nashville’s loss to Chicago in the opening round of 2010 — then broke out by scoring seven goals in 12 games during the 2011 postseason.

Last year, Ward famously scored the Game 7 OT winner as the Caps upset the Bruins in the opening round.

It’s expected he’ll skate on the Caps’ fourth line tonight with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle.

Latest Posts
  1. Boudreau isn’t worried about Andersen after Ducks ‘bailed him out’

    May 26, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznpwuyndi1zmm4ymnkzdy4yju0yzm3ndfhztvjzwe4nwy1 AP

    Anaheim didn’t take long to rebound in overtime last night.

  2. Toews: We’re ready for this challenge

    May 26, 2015, 1:13 AM EDT

    Jonathan Toews Getty Images

    Monday’s tough loss hasn’t weakened his resolve.

  3. Ducks win crazy Game 5, push ‘Hawks to edge of elimination

    May 26, 2015, 12:21 AM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    Matt Beleskey scored the game winner after initially losing his second line spot.

  4. Shocked Ducks: Toews forces OT with two goals in final two minutes

    May 26, 2015, 12:03 AM EDT

    Toews goal

    Chicago was trailing for most of the game.

  5. Oilers prospect Draisaitl helps lead Kelowna over Rimouski in Memorial Cup

    May 25, 2015, 10:57 PM EDT

    Leon Draisaitl Getty Images

    Maple Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier had a big game too.

  6. Video: Getzlaf ties Ducks’ playoff points record

    May 25, 2015, 10:11 PM EDT

    Vatanen goal

    The first period was all Anaheim.

  7. Video: Ducks score twice in 32 seconds early in first period

    May 25, 2015, 9:42 PM EDT

    Kesler goal

    The Ducks got off to an ideal start.

  8. Report: Andrei Kostitsyn interested in returning to NHL

    May 25, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT

    Belarus v Slovenia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Getty Images

    He was linked to Nashville’s playoff curfew incident.

  9. Mrazek knows ‘only one goalie can play’ as battle with Howard awaits

    May 25, 2015, 5:43 PM EDT

    Florida Panthers v Detroit Red Wings Getty Images

    There’s going to be a fight for the No. 1 gig in Detroit.

  10. Graham James reportedly facing new charge of sexual assault

    May 25, 2015, 4:41 PM EDT

    Graham James AP

    Reports out of Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

  11. In the playoffs, sometimes it comes down to the ‘bounces’

    May 25, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT

    Antoine Vermette, Frederik Andersen AP

    “One bounce here or there, it’s a different story.”

  12. Leafs sign Carrick to one-year extension

    May 25, 2015, 2:10 PM EDT

    J.T. Brown; Sam Carrick J.T. Brown; Sam Carrick

    Made his NHL debut last season, appearing in 16 games.

  13. Now feels like a good time to debate Stamkos’ next contract

    May 25, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers - Game Five Getty Images

    He’s eligible to sign an extension this summer.

Featured video

Babcock has his work cut out in Toronto
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Zuccarello (3361)
  2. H. Lundqvist (2089)
  3. S. Stamkos (1958)
  4. M. Babcock (1958)
  5. R. Nash (1474)
  1. M. Carle (1469)
  2. N. Horton (1334)
  3. C. Crawford (1316)
  4. F. Andersen (1302)
  5. B. Bishop (1225)