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Joel Ward, who is African American, had scored the winning goal against the Bruins before the Tweets, many containing the N-word, showed up. Now, some of those who tweeted the racist remarks are facing consequences.
"The words don't hurt me at all," right winger Joel Ward told WTOP of the racist tweets posted after his Game 7 goal Wednesday night. "I want the team to win, and that's the main focus for me."
Moments after right winger Joel Ward shoveled the puck past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the second minute of overtime, sealing the fate of the 2011 Stanley Cup champions, hateful speech began popping up on Twitter. Some users have deleted their comments -- though they still appear in search engines -- while others stand by their 144 characters.