By the time the reporters poured into the Washington Capitals' dressing room late Monday night, it was almost empty. Most of the players were already gone. The trainers were packing up their gear and removing their nameplates.
But Joel Ward was sitting down, trying to be a stand-up guy. He had taken a double-minor for high sticking that led to two power-play goals for the New York Rangers – one with 6.6 seconds left in regulation, the other 1:35 into overtime.
Instead of earning a 2-1 victory, the Caps suffered a 3-2 loss. Instead of taking a 3-2 series lead, they fell into a 3-2 hole.
He couldn't duck it. He couldn't put it away. He couldn't take his name off it.
He didn't try.