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Joel Ward Washington Capitals Game 7 hero

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

"Joel Ward scored on a rebound 2:57 into overtime to propel the Washington Capitals past the defending champion Boston Bruins in Game 7 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, winning 2-1 on Wednesday night at TD Garden." 

Joel Ward started his hockey career at the University of P.E.I. Today, Ward is the Washington Capitals Game 7 hero, shocking the Boston Bruins in the tightest playoff series in NHL history; all seven games decided by just one goal.

Last season, as a member of the Nashville Predators, Ward emerged as a playoff "secret weapon," collecting 13 points in 12 games. These skills prompted the Washington Capitals to sign Ward as a free-agent over the summer at a price tag of $3 million for four seasons. Tonight, the gamble paid off! 

"The Capitals won a Game 7 for only the third time in franchise history and the second in five tries during the past five postseasons. This is only the third time Washington advanced to the second round since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 1998." 

Joel Ward has not had an easy road to the NHL lifestyle. It is so fitting that a player who worked this hard just to be a pro  is the Game 7 hero. 

Rookie Braden Holtby, who struggle at times this season in the American Hockey League, outplayed last year's Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas, ultimately, putting the Capitals in a position to win this historically close playoff series. 

My Stanley Cup choice is still alive! Congratulations, on advancing the second round Caps! 

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