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Humans’ impulse for empathy is a great and powerful instinct, but there are times when it is banally misapplied. Sports are, in the biggest picture context, virtually meaningless pursuits, but we do invest billions in their architecture, to say nothing of our emotional investment, and as such accountability in high stakes showdowns is inevitable and appropriate. A few sweet souls took to Twitter in the aftermath of what has to be regarded as one of the most shocking (which is saying something), infuriating, and malicious of playoff defeats in team history last night and sought to deflect attention from where it rightly was — Joel Ward’s singular act of ruinous malfeasance. Among these tweets were all manner of deflecting what-ifs, principally focused on the Capitals’ numerous missed opportunities to ice away a game while clinging to a 2-1, third period lead. But missed 2-on-1s and struck goal posts are altogether normal hockey outcomes in a game, any game. What Joel Ward did was a...
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