Joel Ward Hopes to Be Ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers

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Joel Ward Hopes to Be Ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers
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A few minutes into the Capitals' first practice of the postseason, Joel Ward switched into a white jersey and began working through drills as a member of the fourth line. It's the most Ward has participated in a practice since suffering a left knee contusion. “I've upgraded from baby blue. I was pretty excited to get out of that jersey quickly,” Ward said with a laugh. “It was good to be in a white jersey, slowly getting back into it and feeling a part of it.” The veteran forward missed the final nine games of the regular season after blocking a shot by Tampa Bay's Sami Salo on April 7 and if there's any player who will certainly benefit from the delayed start to this first round series it's Ward.

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