Arlington, VA (Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals will have a valuable
piece of their puzzle back in the lineup for Thursday's first-round opener
against the New York Rangers.
Joel Ward, who missed the final nine regular-season contests with a knee
injury, will play in the Caps' Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Verizon
The 32-year-old had been hobbled after blocking a shot by Bolts defenseman
Sami Salo back on April 7.
Ward totaled eight goals and 20 points in 39 appearances for the Caps in 2013
as a fourth-line winger. He memorably won last year's Easter quarterfinal at
Boston with an overtime marker in the deciding Game 7.
His return means that Aaron Volpatti -- a late-season addition to the club --
will be removed from the lineup.
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