|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on May 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM|
Joel Ward, the Washington Capitals hero from round 1 may have cost his team a trip to the Eastern Conference Final. With less than a minute left in regulation and leading the New York Rangers by one goal, the Washington Capitals looked as if they would edge out the Blueshirts and grab a 3-2 series lead last night at Madison Square Garden. But with 21.3 seconds left, Capitals forward Joel Ward received a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Carl Hagelin.
Brad Richards tied it in the dying seconds of regulation, (exactly why he was Paid the big bucks last summer). Then, Marc Staal scored a power-play goal 1:35 into overtime.
“This stings,” Joel Ward said, not hiding from the disappointment and juxtaposition of being overtime hero one week, goat of misfortune the next. “It’s tough when you let your team down. We were a few seconds away from winning, and it turns into a loss.
“Just like that. It’s tough, tough to be in this position.”
I'll finish by saying one thing, I believe I was born to be a hockey fan. I understand how heart-breaking this loss is for the team and the fans. Joel Ward's actions cost the Washington Capitals the series advantage, and possibly a chance to advance further. Yeah, it sucks. I had money on this team! it's all right to be mad.
Regardless of what happened, there is no reason for the racist tweets! To those who would do something so low, shame on you!