Capitals Insider: Joel Ward


Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Capitals season review: Bottom six forwards

A look at the players on the third and fourth lines.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Dustin Penner, Eric Fehr, Forwards, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward, Tom Wilson

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Capitals’ ‘pride at stake’ as regular season wraps up

The playoffs are out of reach, but the Capitals want to close out the regular season on a positive note if they can.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:28 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Third line records three goals, nine points against Hurricanes

In case anyone needed a reminder of who the Caps’ best players at even strength are, the third line offered one on Thursday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:28 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Canes, Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/06/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 shootout win against the Islanders

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win on Long Island.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Isles, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Joel Ward nominated for Masterton Trophy

After an unlikely journey to the NHL, Joel Ward has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:20 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joel Ward, Masterton Trophy, NHL awards

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Capitals brace for matchup with desperate Stars

Tuesday night at Verizon Center is a battle of teams fighting to reach the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Stars, Joel Ward, Mikhail Grabovski, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss to Los Angeles

Notes and observations on Washington’s shootout loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Kings, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Joel Ward, Shootouts

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Joel Ward’s 22nd goal of the year secures point for Capitals in loss to Kings

It took a while, but the Capitals were finally rewarded for playing smart hockey to work their way back against Los Angeles.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:14 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Kings, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Joel Ward

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Ducks

Washington started strong and stayed strong against Anaheim.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Ducks, Dustin Penner, Five thoughts, Joel Ward, John Carlson, Penalty Kill, Power play

Posted at 12:26 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Capitals ‘sleeping’ against Flyers

Nicklas Backstrom: “It’s not acceptable, it’s not the way we want to play. We were sleeping the first two periods.“

By Katie Carrera  |  12:26 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Flyers, Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Five thoughts on the Caps’ win over the Red Wings

Notes and observations from Washington’s 6-5 overtime win on Sunday.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:15 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Red Wings, connor carrick, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 01:01 AM ET, 02/01/2014

Watch: Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying goal with seven seconds left in Detroit

With seven seconds left the Capitals managed to secure a point.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 AM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Red Wings, Joel Ward

Posted at 11:35 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Joel Ward’s game-winning goal against Toronto

The veteran winger scores his 13th goal of the season with his mom in the stands.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Leafs, Joel Ward, Power play

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-1 loss in Ottawa

Notes and observations from Washington’s loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:06 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sens, Five thoughts, Joel Ward, Mike Green, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 12/21/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-2 win in Carolina

Notes and observations from the Capitals win over Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:57 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Five thoughts, Injuries, Joel Ward, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Power play

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Capitals, Martin Erat will keep the status quo until a deal can be found

After his trade request, Martin Erat will continue practicing and, if needed, playing with the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, George McPhee, Joel Ward, Martin Erat, Trades

Posted at 12:24 AM ET, 11/02/2013

Braden Holtby, Ray Emery brawl as Capitals’ win turns into fight night in Philadelphia

Washington’s 7-0 win was a bit overshadowed by third-period fireworks in Philadelphia.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:24 AM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Flyers, Joel Ward, Ray Emery, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Jason Chimera, Joel Ward working to make third line a regular contributor

Veteran wingers Jason Chimera and Joel Ward bring a combination of offense and grit to the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:29 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 win against Edmonton

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win in Edmonton.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Oilers, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:49 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Martin Erat records three assists in Capitals’ 4-1 win over Columbus

Martin Erat made a strong case as to why he deserves time in the top-six with a brilliant showing in Saturday’s win.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:49 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Blue Jackets, Joel Ward, Martin Erat

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-2 win over Edmonton

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over the Oilers.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:34 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Oilers, Five thoughts, Joel Ward, Nate Schmidt, Steve Oleksy, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Joel Ward recovering from ‘bathroom gate’

The Capitals forward seemed to be in good spirits two days after being trapped in a Dallas hotel bathroom stall for nearly 40 minutes.

By Chelsea Janes  |  03:32 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joel Ward

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Joel Ward recounts being trapped in a hotel bathroom

The Capitals right wing had an interesting Saturday morning in Dallas.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Stars, Joel Ward

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Brooks Laich misses practice, Tomas Kundratek clears waivers, Joel Ward ill (updated)

Quick notes from Thursday’s practice

By Katie Carrera  |  11:44 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Joel Ward, Philipp Grubauer, Preseason, Training Camp

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Brooks Laich leaves practice early, Joel Ward misses skate (updated)

Brooks Laich, who made his preseason debut Monday, experienced some tightness in his hip Tuesday morning.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Joel Ward, Preseason, Training Camp

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Lining up the Capitals’ lines

The possibilities and the pros and cons for the opening night lineup seem endlessly complicated.

By Chelsea Janes  |  05:32 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, capitals, Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward, Martin Erat, Mathieu Perreault, Tom Wilson, Training Camp

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Top questions facing the Capitals heading into training camp

A look at some of the top questions the Caps will answer over 18 days of training camp and eight preseason games.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Dmitry Orlov, Eric Fehr, Jack Hillen, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, John Erskine, Martin Erat, Steve Oleksy, Tom Wilson, Tomas Kundratek, Training Camp

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Capitals season review: Forwards, Part II

A look at how the players on the third and fourth lines fared this season and what the future might hold.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward, Joey Crabb, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Hendricks, offseason, Season breakdown, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Capitals' third line makes most of opportunities in Stanley Cup playoffs

Through the first five games of the playoffs the Capitals' third line has been their most consistent and effective unit.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Mathieu Perreault, Playoffs

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Braden Holtby's puck-handling mistake doesn't worry Capitals

Braden Holtby's error in puck handling cost the Capitals a goal early in Game 4 against the Rangers, but don't expect Coach Adam Oates to discourage him from playing the puck going forward.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:49 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 4, Joel Ward, Playoffs

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Joel Ward will play in Game 1 against Rangers

Joel Ward will play in Game 1 against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 1, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Joel Ward's status uncertain for Game 1 vs. Rangers

Joel Ward remains hopeful he will be ready for Game 1 on Thursday but is still experiencing some discomfort in his bruised left knee.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:46 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Injuries, Joel Ward, Playoffs

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Joel Ward hopes to be ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers

Joel Ward participates in more drills and other notes from Capitals' practice Monday in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Playoffs, Practice update

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Joel Ward skates but won't face Senators; Michal Neuvirth to start

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sens, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Joel Ward skates for first time since suffering knee injury

After missing the past seven games, forward Joel Ward skated for the first time Wednesday morning.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joel Ward

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Marcus Johansson 'a little sore,' leaves practice early

Marcus Johansson left practice early but is expected to play against the Maple Leafs.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Groin injuries, Injuries, Joel Ward, Marcus Johansson

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Joel Ward skates briefly, Jack Hillen back in Minnesota visiting family

Notes from Capitals practice on Monday in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jack Hillen, Joel Ward, Practice update

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Joel Ward skates for first time since suffering knee contusion

Notes from the Capitals' practice in Arlington Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Martin Erat, Practice update

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Joel Ward to miss second straight game, out against Hurricanes

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:22 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Injury updates on Brooks Laich, Martin Erat and Joel Ward

The latest updates on Brooks Laich, Martin Erat and Joel Ward.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:56 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Injuries, Joel Ward, Martin Erat

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Martin Erat, Joel Ward not on ice for Capitals morning skate in Montreal

Injured wingers Martin Erat and Joel Ward aren't on the ice for the morning skate in Montreal and are questionable for Tuesday's game.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Habs, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Martin Erat, Tom Poti

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Martin Erat: 'I want to play for a Stanley Cup and that was my choice'

Martin Erat requested a trade from Nashville so that he could compete for a Stanley Cup, now he has to integrate into a new team for the first time in his career. The Capitals aren't worried about him fitting in, though.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jack Hillen, Joel Ward, Martin Erat, Nashville Predators, Trade deadline

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Maintenance day for Brooks Laich, other practice notes (updated)

Notes from Capitals practice Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Braden Holtby records second shutout of the season in win over 'Canes

The Capitals goaltender is on a roll. His second shutout of the season and an important save early on Alexander Semin helped Washington to a 3-0 win.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:06 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, Joel Ward, John Carlson, Tom Poti

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Healthy, confident Eric Fehr contributing to Capitals' offense

Eric Fehr has five points in the past three games, more than he recorded in 35 contests last season with the Winnipeg Jets.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward, Mathieu Perreault

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 02/15/2013

One-timers: Power play, third line come up big again for Caps

Notes and analysis from the Capitals' win over Tampa Bay.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:22 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Lightning, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward, Mathieu Perreault, One timers, Power play

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/10/2013

Unit of Mathieu Perreault, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward stands out for Capitals

The three forwards had never played on a line together, but against the Panthers they might have been the Capitals' best combination.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Panthers, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward, Mathieu Perreault, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Capitals searching for more offensive production

Entering tonight's game against Pittsburgh the Capitals are the only team in the NHL that hasn't scored four goals in any one game.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Pens, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Penalty epidemic costing Capitals

Washington is called for eight minor penalties in the first 34 minutes of the game Thursday night as an alarming lack of discipline continues.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:10 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Leafs, Joel Ward, Mike Ribeiro, penalties

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/30/2013

One-timers: Caps' strong start dampened by tough finish in Ottawa

Notes and analysis from the Capitals loss to Ottawa.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Sens, Joel Ward, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Hendricks, Michal Neuvirth, One timers

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Caps line of Ribeiro, Chimera and Ward look to build on early chemistry

They've only played two games together but Mike Ribeiro, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward already like what they're seeing out of their line.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sens, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Mike Ribeiro

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/28/2013

One-timers: Have the Capitals found line combinations that might stick?

Notes and analysis from the Capitals’ first win.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sabres, Joel Ward, Michal Neuvirth, One timers

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 01/28/2013

John Erskine records first goal since 2011

Goal scorer isn't the first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking of Capitals defenseman John Erskine. But he certainly adds it to the list from time to time.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:49 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Joel Ward, John Erskine

Posted at 01:18 AM ET, 01/26/2013

Michal Neuvirth keeps Caps afloat against Devils

While they didn't win in New Jersey, the Capitals got a stand out performance from goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:18 AM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Joel Ward, Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 01/20/2013

Joel Ward records first multi-goal game as a Capital

The winger's two-goal performance against the Lightning was a bright spot in a 6-3 loss on opening night.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 AM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Joel Ward

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Brooks Laich, Tom Poti are back in Washington

Brooks Laich skated for less than an hour primarily alone Thursday morning, apparently testing an injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Cam Schilling, Joel Ward, Joey Crabb, Tom Poti, Training Camp