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Thu, 04/26/2012 - 8:05am  

Mashup: Racist tweets follow Bruins' loss

When Joel Ward, one of the few black players in the NHL, scored for the Capitals to knock out the Bruins in Game 7 Wednesday night, B's fans took to Twitter to express their frustration. Some fans directed their anger at Ward, and the racially charged comments came fast and furious. A number of websites published the most offensive of the tweets, which are sure to rekindle accusations that Boston has lingering racial problems.

Ward, whose parents emigrated from Barbados and settled in Ontario, scored a career-low six goals this season after signing with Washington as a free agent from the Predators. The 31-year-old is in his fifth NHL season, and he's making a name for himself as a postseason player after recording seven goals and six assists in 12 playoff games last year in Nashville, then coming up big Wednesday night.

“I’ve done it this way my whole life,” Ward said after Wednesday's game. “I’ve always been the underdog. I’ve never been a top guy. But I never doubted myself.”

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.




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