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10:09 AM ET 04.28 | As the Washington Capitals trickled onto the ice Friday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, each player was greeted by a warm round of applause from the approximately 100 fans in attendance. When it was Joel Ward's turn, those claps gave way to a standing ovation. His teammates, meantime, tapped their sticks on the ice in unison. The reason of their appreciation was twofold: Ward, of course, scored the series-clinching goal against the Boston Bruins in overtime of Game 7; he also was the target of a torrent of racist tweets from a handful of hate-filled fans in the hours afterward. "For me, it's pretty simple: I don't let it bother me at all," Ward said following practice. "It's a few people that made a couple of terrible comments. What can you do?" "I know what I signed up for," he added. "I'm a black guy playing a predominantly white sport. It just comes with the territory. I would be naive or foolish to believe or think that it doesn't exist. It's part of life."

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April 28, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Joel took the high road and showed what a classy guy he is. Perhaps a few Twits could learn from that but I doubt it.

April 28, 2012  10:21 AM ET

Can't remember, and too lazy to look, if I posted this....

April 28, 2012  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Joel took the high road and showed what a classy guy he is. Perhaps a few Twits could learn from that but I doubt it.

Sadly... neandrathals tend no not get it.

April 28, 2012  10:22 AM ET

"Ward, of course, scored the series-clinching goal against the Boston Bruins in overtime of Game 7; he also was the target of a torrent of racist tweets from a handful of hate-filled fans in the hours afterward."


Such a shame this is still even an issue in America. We don't see this garbage in other sports, do we? Why hockey? A crying shame, really.

April 28, 2012  10:23 AM ET

Hightlight....

April 28, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sadly... neandrathals tend no not get it.

At least their phones are smart.....

April 28, 2012  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hightlight....

Well they stole that one after playing not to lose the whole third. Strange an ex-Wing puts the winner in.

April 28, 2012  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hightlight....

Pathetic! The people in Phoenix have no clue! Don't they know the difference between a coyote's yelp and a wolf's howl? Apparently not or, they don't care!

What they hear over the PA system after a goal is scored is definitely a wolf's howl. Pathetic!

I guess it makes the Coyotes feel a little .... bigger?

April 28, 2012  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Pathetic! The people in Phoenix have no clue! Don't they know the difference between a coyote's yelp and a wolf's howl? Apparently not or, they don't care!

What they hear over the PA system after a goal is scored is definitely a wolf's howl. Pathetic!

I guess it makes the Coyotes feel a little .... bigger?

They thought it sounded too much like To***to fans Roamer....

April 28, 2012  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Well they stole that one after playing not to lose the whole third. Strange an ex-Wing puts the winner in.

That one is on the Preds d-man and their centreman...every kid knows that off the draw, winger goes out to the point and the d-man stays with the guy he's lined up with.

And the responsibility of the centre is to ensure the opposing centre doesn't walk through towards the net.

Nice play on the Coyotes part though...

April 28, 2012  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Well they stole that one after playing not to lose the whole third. Strange an ex-Wing puts the winner in.

Out shot 25 - 7 after the second? They'll need the Smith Brothers if they keep that up.

Gotta love those Wings. :-)

April 28, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They thought it sounded too much like To***to fans Roamer....

LOL Now that's exactly what I hear out here at night, usually after some poor rabbit screams in terror.

April 28, 2012  11:02 AM ET

Good for you Joel ...way to take the high road....

April 28, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sadly... neandrathals tend no not get it.

yep. every city + every fan base has some.

April 28, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Out shot 25 - 7 after the second? They'll need the Smith Brothers if they keep that up.Gotta love those Wings. :-)

The Coach said "Just Tippett"

April 28, 2012  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hightlight....

what a pass off the draw. Major miscommunication between Sergei K and Weber.

April 28, 2012  11:07 AM ET

If you're Nashville you can't be feeling too bad after the loss...your goalie played about his worst game of the year (on the road) and you still could have pulled it out. I don't expect to see the Yotes score 4 in a game for the rest of the series.

April 28, 2012  11:14 AM ET

Rangers better not take the Caps too lightly, like those Bruins did :)

April 28, 2012  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They thought it sounded too much like To***to fans Roamer....

Hahahaha!

Oh! ****! I spilled coffee all over my computer!!

Point well taken, Canuck. To play something like THAT over their PA system would be pathetic indeed! LOL

 
April 28, 2012  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Rangers better not take the Caps too lightly, like those Bruins did :)

As long as the Caps take themselves seriously, everything will be fine. Should be a good series. Hopefully a loooong one too.

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