Plus notes on Braden Holtby's season-high 38 saves, Andre Burakovsky's close-range snipe and "heavy legs" causing a line reshuffle.
Ward assumed he would spend the season on Washington's third line with Jason Chimera, which would make sense given their success together last season.
Several players from the organization are taking part in the IIHF World Championships in Belarus.
A look at the players on the third and fourth lines.
The playoffs are out of reach but the Capitals want to close out the regular season on a positive note if they can.
In case anyone needed a reminder of who the Caps' best players at even strength are, the third line offered one on Thursday.
Notes and observations from the Capitals' win on Long Island.
After an unlikely journey to the NHL, Joel Ward has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center is a battle of teams fighting to reach the playoffs.
Notes and observations on Washington's shootout loss.