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Posted: Thursday April 26, 2012 4:02PM ; Updated: Thursday April 26, 2012 5:26PM

Racist Bruins fans tweet at Ward

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Joel Ward, an African-Canadian, scored to eliminate Boston in Game 7

Fans directed racist Tweets at Ward, who plays for the Washington Capitals

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and the Bruins organization issued condemnations

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(AP) -- The Boston Bruins and the owner of the Washington Capitals are scolding hockey fans who let loose with a burst of racist comments directed at Joel Ward after the black Canadian player scored an overtime goal that won their playoff series for the Caps late Wednesday.

Soon after, disappointed fans posted their reaction on Twitter, hurling the n-word at Ward.

The Bruins say in a statement that are disappointed by the insults and, "these classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization."

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says on his blog: "Shame on these folks who decided to take to their keyboards and show their ignorance and their racism and hate."

He's vowing his organization will support Ward.

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