Found May 08, 2012 on On Frozen Blog:
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...

Joel Ward penalty costs Capitals series advantage

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...

Joel Ward: Hero to Goat, but classy throughout

I love Joel Ward.  He’s one of those players that, if you’re not paying attention to and really only check the stats, people could argue he’s a let down.  I don’t think so.  True, he struggled to make the score sheet in the regular season, but he wasn’t signed for regular season performance.  He was signed because of his super-human ability to elevate his game in...

Rangers 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

With Joel Ward in the penatly box for a double minor for high sticking, the Washington Capitals blow a 2-1 lead with 6.6 seconds left in regulation and lose early in overtime.  More to follow.

Eklund: Do the Flyers Still Believe? +Thoughts on Last Night.

First off...thoughts on last night.... On Rangers/Capitals. I mean, come on. Can this series show us a little excitement? I do feel terrible for Joel Ward. It was a penalty. It was the right call. But i also feel it was totally unintended and it was just a guy giving 110% while getting tied up as he tried to get to his point man. But to me...this game and maybe this series...

Video- You Have To Feel For The Caps

A few of the Capitals talked post-game, starting off with Joel Ward who took a 4 minute high-sticking penalty which allowed the Rangers to score both the tying and OT goal.

GARTH: Callahan Channels Inner Drury

Rochester native, Ryan Callahan, re-created one of the most memorable plays in Buffalo Sabres history. Callahan won the O-zone draw to create Brad Richards' game tying goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation. The Caps, leading 2-1 and in control, were dealt a crippling blow when their forward Joel Ward clipped a Ranger player in the face with a high stick. Ward was assessed...

Rangers ride rally to series lead

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. And while the Rangers were already 0-for...

Classy fan posts to Brendan Shanahan - No there not fakes

There are fans that just take it too far – rewind to game seven between the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals – as soon as Joel Ward scored the game winning goal against the Boston Bruins racist tweets started showing up on twitter.  Fast forward to May 7th 2012 the National Hockey league suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux...

One Game at a Time

As I mentioned in my previous blog, this is the attitude that the New York Rangers need to have going into tonight’s Game 6 against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. After winning a thrilling Game 5 in overtime on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1994. With...

Rangers-Capitals Preview

Perhaps Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich thinks that saying something makes it so. Or maybe he's a believer in the power of positive thinking. Laich used the phrase ''keep moving forward'' over and over again - five times in all - on Tuesday while discussing how he and his teammates need to recover and regroup from a potentially devastating loss to the...

Who has improved their free agency stock in playoffs?

Every postseason there are players that rise to the occasion as they are facing a contract year.  Last spring it was Sean Bergenheim and Joel Ward who stepped up, and they were paid nicely for their breakout postseason.  This year it is two oft-criticized forwards and two veterans who are seeing their summer price tag rise.Dustin Penner, LAPenner will always be best known for his...

Good Caps, Bad Caps

In 12 postseason games — and most likely throughout the entire 2011-12 season — the Washington Capitals have swayed between playing brilliantly and being mistake-prone. These emotional and physical swings can happen from one period to the next, or even in the bat of an eyelash. Last night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers brought the Caps’ postseason record to...

Playoff Pregame #12: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers

#7 Washington Capitals at #1 New York Rangers Location: Madison Square Garden Time: 7:30 PM TV: NBC Sports Network (HD) Radio: 1500AM, 820 AM, and XM Series Schedule:Game 1:   Apr 28, 2012, WSH@NYR, 1-3 LGame 2:   Apr 30, 2012, WSH@NYR, 3-2 WGame 3:   May  2, 2012, NYR@WSH, 1-2 L (3OT)Game 4:   May  7, 2012, WSH@NYR, 3-2 WGame 6:   May  9, 2012, NYR@WSH, TBDGame 7*:...
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