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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...

04/26/2012 - 12:44am
Thomas: 'In shock' after Game 7 loss

Just minutes after letting in the series-deciding goal three minutes into overtime, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said he couldn't believe the team's chances at a repeat had ended so suddenly.

"I’d have to say I’m probably in shock," Thomas said after Joel Ward tapped in Mike Knuble's rebound at 2:57 of overtime. "I really believed that we were going to win tonight. I thought that, I really had a deep feeling that this wasn’t the end of the road for us tonight, that this wasn’t going to be the last game of the season. And so that’s my first reaction."

The Capitals broke out on a 2-on-1 on the game-winning rush when Benoit Pouliot couldn't dump in the puck deep on an attempted Boston line change.

"Well, obviously you see Knuble coming down with the puck and coming to the net hard," Thomas said. "He had himself in a position, he’s a big, strong guy where it looked like to me...

04/25/2012 - 11:54pm
Aceves, Red Sox hold on for sweep

Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves struck out Denard Span with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, securing a 7-6 win over the Twins in Wednesday's series finale at Target Field. It finishes a three-game sweep for the Sox, who now head to Chicago for a four-game set against the White Sox.

The Red Sox held a 7-1 lead, thanks in part to Mike Aviles' three-run homer in the third inning, but the Twins fought back via a five-run sixth. The comeback drove Sox starter Clay Buchholz from the game, finishing the righty's night after 5 1/3 innings. Buchholz, who has given up at least five runs in each of his four outings this season, threw 107 pitches and allowed 10 hits.

Coming through for the Red Sox was the majority of their bullpen, with Matt Albers inducing an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and the Sox clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth. Albers came on for Justin Thomas, who didn't retire either of the two batters he...

04/25/2012 - 11:47pm
Julien: Capitals 'were the better team'
By: DJ Bean

After the Bruins failed to make it out of the first round for the first time in four years, Bruins coach Claude Julien gave credit where credit was due by commending the defensively tight and shot-blocking Capitals. 

"At the end of the series, when you look at their team and you look at ours, they were the better team," Julien said. "They had more guys going than we did and they played us tough."

The Bruins became the second consecutive defending Stanley Cup champions to be eliminated in the first round, as the Blackhawks were bounced by the Canucks to open last postseason. Julien mentioned the difficulty with putting together a successful season following the Bruins' 2011 championship, but he said the series ultimately came down to the Bruins being outplayed. 

"Right now, I'm not going to stand here and nitpick at our team because when I look at this hockey club and what it went through last year, and you...

04/25/2012 - 10:26pm
Capital punishment: B's lose Game 7 in OT

Joel Ward tapped in a rebound of a Mike Knuble shot just 2:57 into the first overtime to lead the Capitals over the Bruins, 2-1, in a tense Game 7 Wednesday night at TD Garden. It marked the first time in Stanley Cup playoff history that all seven games were decided by one goal. The defending champion Bruins -- who won three Game 7 showdowns en route to winning the Stanley Cup last year -- received an ovation as they left the ice. 

The Bruins carried play in the opening minutes, outshooting the Caps 6-3. But the first major mistake was committed by the Bruins and it led directly to the first goal of the game. 

Milan Lucic took a loose puck at the left half-wall and tried to start up the ice to begin a rush. But Lucic lost control of the puck and Jason Chimera pounced on it. He fed John Carlson, who then took a shot from the right point. Matt Hendricks screened Tim Thomas in front and got a piece of the shot before it flew past Thomas with...

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