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Sharks Couldn't Ward Off Ward-o

Monday, 10.15.2007 / 9:01 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  -
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San Jose, CA -- On Saturday night, as Aaron Ward hurriedly changed out of his hockey gear and into a suit for a plane ride back to New England, the Boston Bruins veteran defenseman spoke about his game-winning goal -- a goal that certainly altered the destiny of his club for one night, but might just have shocked the Boston Bruins back into relevance, even as the Black & Gold shocked the San Jose Sharks with their last second victory.

Ward did not spend much time describing the goal or his shot, but instead spoke about the goal in terms of the Bruins greater mission.

"We have a lot to prove," said Ward. "So, it was a good sign for this group of players to step up in a situation where there was adversity and come through on the right end of it.

"However we'll have to win them, we'll have to win them."

Ward with friend
Ward is certainly no stranger to winning, as he owns three Stanley Cup Championship rings. However, some of his teammates, especially those who have only experienced playoff DNQ's, or who have just recently arrived to the NHL, might need a little tutoring.

As such, Ward took a nothing play, what to some may have looked like a desperation act, and turned it into a teaching tool. He simply was in the right place, at the right time, when Marco Sturm sped behind the Sharks goal to corral a late game dump in and passed it to center ice in the San Jose zone.

"Everybody was stepping up," he said. "It shows what happens when we are all on the right page."

Even thought that particular page wasn't pretty (the Bruins had no recorded shots in the second, and the Sharks hit four posts), it was effective.

"We played a good, ugly, road style game," said Ward, whose B's play their first home game on Thursday. "Now, we need to have a good, ugly, road style game at home."

Hopefully, the momentum created in Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Jose traveled back to Boston.

"Big picture wise, coming out (here with three wins) when most people would have predicted that we would have been lucky to get two, and to come away with six points is something," said Ward. "But we have to build on it…and take all the positives that you can out of this situation."

Ward also explained that the Bruins are happy to take the underdog role.

Boston Bruins Aaron Ward, right, drives Montreal Canadians Kyle Chipchura into the boards.
"We had some of the networks pumped into the dressing rooms on the road," said Ward, "And they were talking about what a rough swing it was going to be for us."

Not so rough anymore. In fact, the road trip went a long way towards making the Bruins a stronger team.

"We had good strong goaltending, we had guys making sacrifices," said Ward. "For us, that was a unified effort.

"I think that was the biggest key to this one (since) teams form identities through their performance."

Teams also take their identities from their veterans, and Ward is simply a winner.




1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


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L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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