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Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) celebrates his goal with defenseman Mike Green during the first period of Washington’s 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) celebrates his goal with teammate Mike Green (52) as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold (3) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) celebrates his goal with teammate Mike Green (52) as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold (3) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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Drew Power, a longtime friend of the Capitals' Joel Ward, died in a house fire in December 2012 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. (Holland College)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) reacts as he misses a pass for him on goal as New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62) takes the puck down ice in the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in playoff NHL hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward had the Game 7 overtime goal against the Boston Bruins that pushed the Caps to the second round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward had the Game 7 overtime goal against the Boston Bruins that pushed the Caps to the second round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Capitals right wing Joel Ward totaled just six goals and 12 assists in the regular season, but he's crafting a reputation as a postseason force. On Wednesday, his overtime goal eliminated defending Stanley Cup champion Boston. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) listened to strategy from Dale Hunter during Hunter's first game as coach Nov. 29. Ward, signed to a four-year, $12 million free agent contract, finished the regular season with six goals and 12 assists. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals right wing Joel Ward totaled just six goals and 12 assists in the regular season, but he's crafting a reputation as a postseason force. On Wednesday, his overtime goal eliminated defending Stanley Cup champion Boston. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (22) reacts after teammate Joel Ward scored against Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas during overtime in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, in Boston on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) goes for the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Nikolai Kulemin looks on during the second period on Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Washington Capitals center Keith Aucoin celebrates his goal with teammates Joel Ward and Jeff Halpern during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun (29) watches the puck on an unsuccessful shot in front of Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) and Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd (16) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin is congratulated by teammates John Erskine, Joel Ward (42), Nicklas Backstrom and Dennis Wideman after scoring a goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur during the second period in Newark, N.J., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. The Caps won 3-1 (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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Washington Capitals' Sean Collins, Joel Ward, and Jason Chimera celebrate a goal by teammate Karl Alzner (not shown) against the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ian Jackson)

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Offseason acquisitions Joel Ward (left) and Troy Brouwer will give the Capitals a physical dimension that some critics said was lacking in the playoffs last season. Brouwer won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, and Ward was a scoring surprise with Nashville in last year's postseason. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)