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“He knows we love him like a person, like a hockey player, here. But the fans, sometimes they say good things, sometimes they say bad things,” Washington’s captain said. “I don’t know, maybe it’s something new for him. But my advice for him just don’t listen to what people say, good things or bad things. You just have to concentrate.”

Ward is concentrating, on his goal that made him an on-ice hero.

“We won. That was the main thing for me,” he said. “The good out of it is that we get to move on and keep playing.”